Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said air
passengers could now use smartphones, cameras, electronic games,
tablets and computers throughout a flight. Under current
Canadian rules, all such devices must be shut down during take
off and landing.
Passengers, however, will only be able to enjoy the new freedom
if the airline they are flying on updates their safety manuals
and can guarantee that during take off and landings all
passengers are able to follow crew instructions.
"We wouldn't have approved this if we were concerned that it
would affect either the safety of air travelers or of crews,"
Raitt told a news conference.
She also said the ban on sending or receiving e-mails and phone
calls in flight would remain in place.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced similar
measures for users of personal electronic devices last October.
The European Union followed suit in December.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren, editing by G Crosse)
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