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Canada relaxes airline device restrictions for take off, landing

updated 12:07 pm EDT, Tue May 27, 2014

Rule change allows passenger use of mobile devices throughout Canadian flights

Airlines operating in Canada could soon allow passengers to use electronic devices during takeoff and landing, thanks to a rule change. The exemption to the Canadian Aviation Regulations will now let passengers use devices throughout entire flights within the country's borders, though it will still require airlines to adhere to certain rules for it to be allowed.

Passengers will be required to use their devices in flight mode, in order to prevent potential interference with plane sensors and electronics. The airlines will be required to demonstrate the aircraft is not affected by electronics, and that during critical flight phases or emergencies, all passengers are aware of and are able to follow instructions issued by the flight crew, reports Reuters.

The rule changes come after similar alterations by the FAA and EASA, respectively covering the United States and Europe. Shortly after the rules were adopted, JetBlue, Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines, and British Airways all agreed that they would work to allow passengers the use of electronics at the start and end of the journey. In a simmilar manner for the Canadian changes, both WestJet and Air Canada have welcomed the new regulations, with WestJet expecting to receive approval from Transport Canada to allow the use of passenger electronics by early summer.

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  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    I don't even know why we bother electing a gov't, we just copy/do whatever the US wants us to do.

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: 01-25-07

    I'm not seeing in the article where it says that the US wants you to do this. Are you saying no one in Canada, or Europe wants to do this?

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    people have wanted to do this forever.

    this is ONLY happening because the US FAA finally let the US public do so, and now the EU and Canada are just following along with what the US does like sheepdogs.

  1. shawnde

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    I agree with you on this point ... however, as an affirmation of your idea, I truly believe that our government is a total puppet government .... very hollow and ineffective. However, the real puppet master is the Queen, not the US government. Especially with Stephen Harper, Canada has pretty much lost its sovereignty, and we're back to being a satellite subject of the Queen (kind of like Australia, but worse). And everyone of our corrupt politicians has run to the UK to seek refuge (Mark Carney, Gordon Campbell, and soon Stephen Harper).

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