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.