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Dear Editor,Restaurants, airports and many public places provide “NO SMOKING” areas. Why can’t there ALSO be “NO CELL PHONE” areas? Perhaps results of my “independent study” justify action. I just returned from an enjoyable trip, only to suffer “intolerable” departures; not because of airport security requirements, but because of “cell phonies” – unbearable creeps standing in your space expounding on the preposterous to unknown listeners who must not have a life or would otherwise be engaged more productively.Airport security checks actually created the time and opportunity to conduct “scientific” random sample surveys, producing similar results. Two different test environments – the DIA “cowboy land” metropolitan airport and the Des Moines “corn country” Airport – both documented approximately 80 percent of cell phone users are “phonies.”For consistency, I used the stereotype description: loud talkers acting superior, using hand gestures, often giving a “subordinate” directions or “name dropping” and talking about “big deals” while constantly pacing near “innocent bystanders.” Data was collected during one hour periods at boarding areas in each airport. At DIA, the random sample consisted of 12 cell phone users, 10 of whom met the “phony” criteria. During one hour in Des Moines, four out of five “cell cretins” invaded both my space and tranquility. Gender was not a consideration.Years ago, cell phones were status symbols. Now they are merely commonplace toys.Hey, “cell phonies,” you’re not impressing anyone anymore. Make your calls from a restroom.Richard DoranParachute


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