CELL PHONES AND HOTEL MAGNETIC KEY CARDS DON’T MIX
The desk clerk at the hotel I was staying in told me that the reason my room key card kept failing was because I kept it in my pocket next to my cell phone. Sure enough, after the clerk reactivated the card and I kept it in a separate pocket, the problem didn’t reoccur. Is that explanation an urban myth? What’s the story?
I’ve had the same experience, and when I checked with a manager with my cell phone company, she told me it does happen from time to time—especially with phones that have a metal, rather than a plastic, case.
Stanley Zarowin is a contributing editor to the JofA . His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
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