A perturbed man employs a cell phone jammer to inhibit conversations on a bus

Despite its resemblance to a walkie talkie, the compact device possesses far greater capabilities than meets the eye. Once activated, a mobile phone signal jammer has the ability to disrupt all cellular services within its vicinity. However, it is crucial to note that employing such a device not only constitutes a federal offense but also carries the risk of incurring a hefty $16,000 penalty and potential imprisonment.

Eric, a resident of Philadelphia, was undeterred by the presence of talkative cell phone users on the SEPTA 44 bus. As reported by NBC 10 in Philadelphia, Eric resorted to using a jammer to block out unwanted conversations.

"A lot of people are extremely loud, no sense of just privacy or anything. When it becomes a bother, that's when I screw on the antenna and flip the switch," Eric told NBC 10.

Eric professed his ignorance regarding the illegality of blocking a cell phone signal, considering it to be a "gray area." He believed that such actions were only deemed illegal when interfering with television or radio signals.

However, despite this, he displayed a lack of remorse for his actions.

He informed NBC 10 that he believes he is assuming responsibility for enforcing the law, and he expressed his pride in doing so.

The utilization of jammers, such as the one employed in this instance, is deemed unlawful due to their potential to disrupt cell phone communication during critical situations and impede essential signals like police radio and other two-way radios.

Eric stated his intention to get rid of the jammer he purchased after learning that it was illegal, with ABC News approximating its value at $300.

The larger concern lies in the fact that Eric is not the only one engaging in this jamming practice.

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