OTTAWA, May 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, today announced an important change that will benefit
travellers flying with Canadian air operators, as well as the aviation
industry. Passengers will soon be able to use portable electronic
devices such as cameras, electronic games, tablets and computers during
all phases of flight. This includes while an aircraft takes off,
climbs, descends and lands, provided the device is in non-transmitting,
or flight mode, and that their airline has met certain safety
conditions outlined by Transport Canada.
Previously, passengers could not use their devices at their leisure
during take off and landing. This change, which is made possible
through an exemption to the Canadian Aviation Regulations, means that passengers will soon be able to work or play whenever they
please on flights in Canada. It strikes the appropriate balance between
safety and passenger comfort that Transport Canada and airlines always
strive to achieve. The use of electronic devices on any flight will be
at the discretion of the air operators, who must demonstrate that their
aircraft are not affected by the use of the devices and that during
critical phases of flight and during emergencies, all passengers are
aware of and able to follow crew instructions.
Canada has an aviation safety record that remains one of the best in the
Passengers will soon be in a position to use portable electronic devices
such as cameras, electronic games, tablets and computers during all
phases of flights, provided their airline has met certain safety
As always, passengers who use transmitting portable electronic devices
such as tablets, smartphones or e-readers, will need to ensure they are
in a non-transmitting or flight mode before using them on an aircraft.
"This is great news for air passengers, and an exciting day for the
Canadian aviation industry. By collaborating with our aviation
partners, we are able to offer airlines the tools they need to safely
enable passengers to use portable electronic devices on airplanes,
while still maintaining the highest standards of aviation safety."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport
Regulations for portable electronic devices (PEDs)
Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, granted the
authority to air operators to permit passengers to use non-transmitting
portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as cameras, electronic games
and computers during the critical phases of flight (when an aircraft
takes off, climbs, descends or lands). Passengers have been able to use
PEDs only during the non-critical phase of flight.
Before allowing passengers to use PEDs, air operators must demonstrate
that a non-transmitting PED does not have any adverse effects on the
operation of the aircraft or its equipment, and adjust the company
operations manual, flight attendant manual, and amend its flight crew
For your safety and convenience, always check with your airline to see
what electronic devices are allowed and when.
Transmitting portable electronic devices (TPEDs)
Transmitting portable electronic devices (TPEDs) are only permitted, in
normal mode, during the taxi-in phase. TPEDs, such as cell phones,
smart phones, or iPads, use high-frequency, short-wave radio
transmitters and receivers to send or receive messages or information
while in transmitting mode. TC regulations prohibit the use of devices
in transmitting mode onboard an aircraft because they have the
potential to interfere with aircraft's navigation and communication
Transmitting devices also have different power levels and may use
different frequencies, so their effects are difficult to assess, given
that they are not maintained and controlled using aviation safety
SOURCE: Transport Canada
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Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Transport
Office of the Minister of Transport
Media Relations, Ottawa
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