There's a lot of great discussion going on here with all kinds of suggestions and ideas floating around, but I need to try to clarify everyone's opinions on the next move before I can proceed with the story.
So if everyone who has posted so far (and anyone else who wishes to chime in) could clarify, as specifically as possible, their ideas for the next move, it would help me greatly.
Here's what you know for sure:
The comlink's transmitter is locked in the "on" position.
You cannot destroy the comlink by smashing it or shorting it out with liquid.
Putting the comlink in the elevator panel is certainly possible, but the comlink will then travel with you when you (presumably) proceed to Level 78.
Or you could just leave the comlink (and the belt, if you desire) in the elevator and just walk out of it when you've arrived at Level 78.
Many have suggested slipping it on the drunk guy. If so, how? Do you knock him out first, or just try to subtly slip it into his pocket (shouldn't be too big a feat for you.)
If you do knock him out, do you also slip on the belt, or just the comlink?
If you do knock him out, do you drag him out of the elevator on Level 78, or let him ride up to another level?
The quality of analysis, discussion and suggestions has been excellent, as always, but right now, things are a little too fragmented for me to form any kind of consensus.
At this rate, I won't be able to update until at least the week-end, so there's plenty of time for more conversation!
Thanks, as always, for your wonderful participation!