The word aversion has appeared in 146 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Sept. 18 in "Wi-Fi and Cellphone Service on Subway Trains? M.T.A. Leader Says It May Happen" by Matt Flegenheimer:
- A New York City subway ride remains, for many, an exercise in gaze aversion. Maps are inspected. Advertisements are read in their entirety. A staring contest with an empty seat can prove preferable to even the briefest human interaction.
- And now, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is churning toward a future where travelers will never again be disconnected from their cellphones while onboard.
- At a forum on Tuesday, the authority's chairman, Thomas F. Prendergast, said that transit officials hoped to add Wi-Fi and possibly cellphone reception aboard moving trains - in what appeared to be the first public acknowledgment that the authority's ambitions for wireless service went beyond stations.