Ban those annoying MP3-playing cell phones
Just stop. Please.
The headline here suggest that the CTA should ban that wretched activity. Well, they already do, actually, but not very proactively.
The CTA "bad behavior" ordinance explicitly states it's illegal to "use an entertainment appliance, radio, musical instrument or other sound-emitting device, which is clearly audible to others." This was passed in 1998, but I gotta hand it to those forward-thinking legislators because this ordinance certainly covers squawking phones used without headphones.
And the newest automated announcements ask us to "please be considerate when talking on the phone or listening to electronic devices so as not to disturb other passengers."
The problem with those announcements is they are too easy to tune out, because they are too kind and gentle.
So let's use some tough love. Arrest them all!