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Canada allows for phone and tablet use during take off

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday May 27, 2014.

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Canada has become the latest nation to permit airlines operating in its borders to use mobile devices during take off and landing, provided that they are not connected to the Internet. The Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt issued a statement that smartphones, portable gaming devices, tablets, and small computers will be allowed during all phases of a flight, ending the ban that required mobile devices be powered off during the beginning and later phases of the flight.

Following the lead of the US and European Union, which made similar changes to aviation rules late last year, Canada will let airlines create policies that permit mobile device usage provided that the airline can guarantee doing so won't interrupt safety or flight instructions. The rule change does not affect the ban on placing phone calls or connecting to mobile data networks, which remain banned during all points of a flight. The ease on restrictions will take time to go into effect on different airlines, so travelers should not assume that this means they are able to use phones tomorrow.

source: Reuters

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