PDA devices temporarily banned from UK theme park, public displays of affection are still legal


I’m not familiar with the Alton Towers Resort theme park, but if this little kid dressed as a cop says that PDAs aren’t allowed for the next week, then I’ll be damned if I’m going to argue. The park is enforcing the no PDA rule from today, the 25th, until next Sunday, June 1st, in order to “encourage parents to disconnect from the office and reconnect fully with their families.” Families who probably have kids who do nothing but send text messages all day long. Oh, well.

PDA police will be onsite to enforce the ban and any adult caught using a PDA whilst at the Resort will be asked to report to one of five “PDA Drop Off Zones” where they can safely leave their PDA’s for the day. If the scheme is successful, it will be introduced full time.

Russell Barnes, Divisional Director for the Alton Towers Resort explains; “What we have here is the ultimate short break location where every member of the family can unwind and have fun. We feel it’s so important for parents and kids to focus on nothing more than having the best possible time, we are prepared to take drastic action to ensure that parents really leave their work behind!”

I don’t mean to nit-pick, Mr. Barnes, but PDAs are some of the MOST fun devices ever invented. They’re like little outdoor computers! In all seriousness, this might be a good idea, though. I’d be especially interested to witness the PDA police in action. It’d never, ever fly in the United States — Alton Towers would have been sued before the park even opened this morning. Or riddled with bullets thanks to our lax gun laws.

via Slashdot