Shelly Palmer Radio Report – May 16, 2012

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign. This is your indication that all electronic devices, including all mobile phones and pagers, be switched off. We will notify when the use of approved electronic devices is allowed. ¬†Please note that FAA regulations prohibit the use of cellular phones at anytime during this flight. Love it or hate, it’s the rule. But now, Virgin Atlantic Airlines thinks they have a better way. On select Virgin Atlantic flights between London and New York, passengers will be able to use their cellphones through a special satellite connection. For now, it will only work with T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 cell phones, but if the service becomes popular, you can bet it will be rolled out on other Virgin Atlantic planes and routes. You’ll still have to turn off your phone once you enter US airspace, but at least you can txt your friends and tell them you’ll be landing on-time.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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