According to the FCC, 50% of wireless 911 calls are butt-dials

According to the FCC, 50% of wireless 911 calls are butt-dials
After visiting a number of 911-emergency call centers in New York and Alaska, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly determined that 911 misdials from wireless numbers is becoming an emergency in itself.

About 70% of all emergency calls come from wireless phones, and of those, half were the result of misdials due to the phone being jostled around in a purse, or squished courtesy of gluteus maximus action (aka butt-dialing). That is up from about 20% only a few years ago.

It is easy to make good humor of such phenomena, but O’Reilly figures that means as many as 84 million misdialed calls are made to 911 every year, that equates to more than 230,000 per day. It stands to reason the argument could be made that this poses a threat to public health, particularly in congested emergency systems like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.

The FCC has been contending with this issue for a while, and the last thing anyone wants to do is make it harder to call 911. That means the solution lies with the population at large. Technological solutions have to be examined carefully, as it is a requirement that all mobile phones have the ability to call 911, whether connected to an active mobile service account or not.

That feature ostensibly increases the risk of young kids dialing 911 as older or unused phones can be handy pacifiers. According to the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board, one child in Shelby County, population roughly 1 million, called 911 emergency 84 times in one night, which rendered the dispatch center nearly useless given the call traffic in normally handles.

While the prospects seem daunting, butt-dialing 911 has had its benefits for society. Drug dealers and murderers have found their endeavors foiled due to their own butts. Nonetheless, O’Reilly is asking for a review of the current rules over 911 calling, including how wireless phones without active service are able to call into the system.

source: Bloomberg

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18 Comments

1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Wut?..

2. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Bend prunks

3. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

This is probably a new "call 911" feature wich is used whenever the phone is bended.

4. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Sponsored by fruit growers all over the nation

5. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

....or when you bend it and you get that burn mark from the batery explotion, the phone will automaticaly call 911 to send medical treatment and NSA to register you as a marked and proud owner. Soon it will be a felony to bend it so you can't discredit the national livestock markers. Bend it while you can

6. MrsJedi

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Operator: 911 how can I assist you with your emergency? Caller: Unleashes a massive explosion into the phone. Operator: I'm sorry but having a gas problem isn't valid of an emergency.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I once butt dialed 911. On a rotary phone.

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Impressive.

13. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Can't control my laugh reading all above comments. Havn't had laught this good so long. oh god. Epic

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

but why ppl put their phone in back pocket?

10. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Skinny jeans typically have their front pockets at the very front, making it hard to sit down if you have a phone in them.

14. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

In order to make their back look big.

11. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Booty Calls. Heh!

12. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Dat ass doe.

15. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

If your butt hurts, Who you gonna call?...buttbusters.....well, in this case 911 :)

16. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I dispatched off and on for the local sheriff here for almost 20 years, until they merged the city & county systems. Butt dial calls were starting to pick up when I stopped dispatching, so I'm sure it's gotten a lot worse. Also, if you do accidentally dial 911, don't just hang up. We are required to call you back and verify you haven't been shot, stabbed, raped, kidnapped etc... Just stay on the line a few seconds, answer a couple of question and we'll just hang up and say please be a little more careful. Before cell phones, we use to get A LOT of hang up calls on Christmas eve & Christmas day. Cordless home phones were all the rage in the 80's-90's and people would unwrap their new phone, plug it in and see the little 911 button and push it. When we would answer, they would hang up, forcing us to dial back. 99.9 times out of 100 it was "oh, I just got this new phone and wanted to make sure the 911 button works. Also, once in a while, you would run into a cordless phone that would dial 911 when the battery died. I guess the phone was calling for help LOL.

17. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

eeeww,.becky look at that BUTT!! I like big screens and i cannot lie.you other brothers can't deny.and it keeps butt dial.

18. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Is this evidence that smartphones have developed their own intelligence? Maybe it is Siri on the iPhone that is detecting that her life is in danger as the phone she is in starts to bend, and she is the one calling 911, before she is wounded and dies?

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