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Honolulu wants to ban cellphone walking. Here's 8 petty laws they could pass instead.

Honolulu wants to ban cellphone walking. Here's 8 petty laws they could pass instead.If you are a human with a cell phone, odds are you've broken this law that could soon be passed in Hawaii. On Wednesday, in an extraordinarily ambitious effort to make Hawaii's streets safer, the Honolulu City Council passed a bill that prohibits pedestrians from staring down at their cell phones while crossing the street. Yes, you read that correctly. Hawaii essentially wants to prohibit people from texting and walking. HA, good luck with that. SEE ALSO: So a bunch of Twitter users actually sued Trump for blocking them As
CNN reported, if you're caught staring at your phone, in violation of Bill 6, you could be fined anywhere from $ 15 to $ 99 unless it's a 911-worthy emergency. Sure it's in the best interest of safety, but the proposed law begs the following massive question. Q: Is this
really necessary?
A: Hell freaking no. According to councilman Ernie Martin, who voted against the bill, the world has other far more pressing issues that should take priority over walking and texting, like, uh, homelessness.  Rather than enforce a law, he suggests a public awareness campaign via social media. Sounds way more fun, and hey, people could even learn about it on their phones while simultaneously walking.  Not to mention, this is not a thing that's going to work. Do you think people are going to put down their phones at crosswalks and give up valuable seconds that could be spent potentially right-swiping their soulmate? No. Do you
really think anyone is going to resist responding to Slack messages from their boss on-the-go, thereby shattering the illusion that they're already diligently working from their desks instead of running 20 minutes late? LOL good one. We text, we walk, we multi-task. Get over it. Other petty laws the world could use instead While we're on the topic of petty laws, there are SO many pieces of legislation we'd rather see passed.
Here are eight other laws that
should
be enforced: 1. Don’t take up the entire sidewalk with your squad when people are trying to pass, OMG. 2. Don't you dare eat food in a way food was not intended to be eaten. (No biting string cheese, no eating pizza crust-first, no ice cubes in your cereal. JFC, people.) 3. No leaving shopping carts in parking spots like an a-hole instead of taking 40 seconds to return them. 4. Don’t stand over the yellow line at airport baggage claim. Wait for your damn luggage a respectable distance away from the belt so when you grab it you don't wind up taking out three innocent bystanders. 5. No listening to audio in public without headphones. (Same goes for having conversations on speaker phone.) 6. Thou shalt not post spoilers online. 7. You
must clean gym equipment after sweating all over the damn place. 8. Cashiers who hand you change on top of your bills so that it inevitably slides off and embarrasses you should PAY the legal price. What the fresh hell, Hawaii? According to
CNN, Brandon Elefante, the Honolulu city councilman who introduced the bill, got this idea from high school students, so you know it's gotta be brilliant. "These high school groups were concerned for their peers being distracted while crossing the streets and looking at their phones instead of looking both ways," Elefante said. "The advancement of technology can sometimes be a distraction and cause people to not pay attention." Since the city council successfully passed the bill, the fate of cellphone addicts in Hawaii now rests in the hands of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. He has 10 business days to make this final life-changing decision. Choose wisely, sir.  WATCH: A one-wheeled electric scooter you'll want to show off



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SC officials: Illegal cellphone, drone aided inmate's escape

SC officials: Illegal cellphone, drone aided inmate's escapeCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When it came time for lights out at Lieber Correctional Institution on the evening of July Fourth, officers at the maximum-security South Carolina prison thought they had all 1,300 inmates accounted for.



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SC officials: Illegal cellphone, drone aided inmate's escape

SC officials: Illegal cellphone, drone aided inmate's escapeCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When it came time for lights out at Lieber Correctional Institution on the evening of July Fourth, officers at the maximum-security South Carolina prison thought they had all 1,300 inmates accounted for.



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SC officials: Illegal cellphone, drone aided inmate's escape

SC officials: Illegal cellphone, drone aided inmate's escapeCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When it came time for lights out at Lieber Correctional Institution on the evening of July Fourth, officers at the maximum-security South Carolina prison thought they had all 1,300 inmates accounted for.



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All personal electronics bigger than a cellphone prohibited from certain US-bound flights

All personal electronics bigger than a cellphone prohibited from certain US-bound flights

Passengers on US-bound flights from 10 Middle-Eastern airports will not be allowed any electronics bigger than a cellphone on the plane, according to an emergency security amendment being rolled out by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today.

Under the order, portable electronics such as laptops, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players (which apparently still exist to the extent they concern the TSA), and cameras. Those items can still be taken as checked baggage, although restrictions on checked lithium-ion batteries from the FAA could make that challenging. The restrictions only apply to direct US-bound flights from those countries, not connections through other countries or flights to other destinations.

The affected airports are:

  • Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
  • Cairo International Airport (CAI)
  • Ataturk International Airport (IST)
  • King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED)
  • King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
  • Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
  • Mohammed V Airport (CMN)
  • Hamad International Airport (DOH)
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB)
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

Senior administration officials declined to give specific reasons for the ban, citing only "ongoing concerns" over a "continued interest in targeting civil aviation" from terrorist groups.

The ban will obviously make air travel more inconvenient for passengers, as any electronics will need to be checked. It could make life particularly difficult for photographers or anyone else who travels with a large amount of electronics, as FAA rules prohibit carrying any spare batteries in checked baggage.

The affected airports do not correlate exactly with countries listed in the executive order banning travel issued by President Trump. Rather, they include countries such as Saudia Arabia and the UAE that have served as the US's allies in the region, and already have significant security screening procedures in place.

The particular terror threat that the TSA is worried about was not made clear by officials, but there are two obvious attack possibilities with portable electronics. Either, they could be modified to hide explosive devices in the body of the device; or, alterations could make the lithium-ion batteries prone to catch fire or explode, which could serve as a weapon for a potential attack.

Airlines have been given 96 hours to carry out the changes, and the airlines will be responsible for ensuring the security measures are enforced. Although it's clearly possible that the sudden ban could be linked to a specific terror threat, the senior administration officials did not give an end date for the measures.



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