"...and the use of cell phones would mess with its operation, and therefore were forbidden while the plane was in operation. I don't know if this is still the case."
I don't think it was ever the case. I think they were just trying
to make people use the horribly overpriced airphones if they really
needed to make a call.
"Every other word was f*** this and f*** that, and she was getting louder and louder."
But wouldn't that same person have been just as obnoxious if they
were having the same conversation with the person next to them?
And wouldn't that have made it worse if you had to listen to their
companion's replies as well?
The only thing that's needed to make this work is a little civility
among the passengers.