OTTAWA – Passengers of Canadian airlines may soon be allowed to electronic devices during the takeoff and landing of flights after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration found such a thing could happen without compromising flight safety.
The FAA conducted studies and said Thursday it “has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use or Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight and is immediately providing airlines with implementation guidance”.
A spokesperson for Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said “the findings of the (FAA’s) working group ... will help the department assess a potential regulatory change”.
The use of such devices is currently permitted in Canada only during the taxi-in phase, though Transport Canada said it “continually monitors the activities and studies being conducted worldwide on the issues surrounding PEDs.”
According to an FAA release, “passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions”.