OTTAWA — There will be no more begging your kids to put away their tablets and other electronic toys during takeoffs and landings on Canadian flights due to new airline rules announced Monday.
But you'll still need to keep those things on airplane mode.
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said airlines can allow passengers to use electronic devices during all phases of flight — as soon as the airlines can prove it's safe to do so.
The new rules will help Canada's airline industry stay competitive with the U.S. and EU, which relaxed their portable electronic device regulations in 2013.
The Canadian airline industry was waiting for the U.S. to complete its studies on using devices during takeoffs and landings.
Airlines will have to test each airplane type in their fleet to ensure they won't be affected by use of the electronic devices. Moreover, airlines will have to amend certain equipment to ensure they work safely under the new rules.
The devices will still have to be kept in airplane mode for the duration of the flight however, so they don't transmit signals.
While the new rules begin immediately, it will still take time for Canadian airlines to adjust to the new rules.
"I don't think there will be anyone tomorrow allowing (devices during takeoff or landing)," said John McKenna, president and CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada.
He said larger airlines will take longer to adapt, as more diverse fleets will require more testing.
I'm looking forward to announcing a new initiative to give passengers more freedom and comfort while flying, while maintaining security.— Lisa Raitt (@lraitt) May 26, 2014