Tablet and smartphone usage authorized when landing in Canada

May 27, 2014

The Canadian government announced on Monday that electronic device usage will no longer be prevented during take-off and landing phases. The authorization covers all devices, from smartphones and tablets to computers, e-readers and game consoles.

Electronic transmissions should still be disabled during all flight, though. Passengers will be able to write email messages in flight but will only be able to send them from the destination gate.

Also, all gadgets must still be turned off momentarily during the security briefings.

The relaxation of rules will take effect in the coming months. Each airline company must first document that the increased usage of devices won’t pose any security risk.

Both Europe and the US relaxed rules preventing electronic device usage during flights last year.

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