I know in this day and age it seems like everyone is addicted to their phones. There have been so many times that pedestrians walking down the sidewalk or even crossing the street have almost bumped into me because they were so engrossed in their phones. Really? Is that Instagram photo, Facebook post, YouTube video, or text that important? I don’t think so.
There are times when I catch myself doing it, too, but since we now live in a different age I make a conscious effort to put down my phone and look around so I’m aware of my surroundings—no matter if I’m walking down the street, in a department store, or on a subway or an airplane. That’s because if I see something fishy, I want to be ready to act, which could involve pouncing on a troublemaking person, alerting the authorities, giving cover to my family, or running like a bat out of hell.
And following Monday’s Port Authority bombing, it looks like the NYPD is offering the same advice. “I’m simply asking those of you who do not already do so, maybe to look up from your phone,” is the message from the FBI’s Bill Sweeney (around the 9:31 mark). You can watch the extended press conference .
- How to Help Prevent Terrorists Attacks
- It Will Soon Be Illegal to Look at Your Phone in a Crosswalk in Honolulu
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