Air Canada has welcomed the announcement by the
Federal Government of Canada permitting the expanded use of
Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) by travelers aboard aircraft
during all phases of flight.
Air Canada, Air Canada rouge and its
Air Canada Express regional partners are finalizing measures to
safely implement the new procedures so passengers can enjoy
greater use of their PEDs in non-transmitting mode while on the
"Air Canada welcomes today's
announcement expanding the use of PEDs on aircraft because it will
enhance the travel experience. Our customers have been telling us
they want the option to use their PEDs at all times on board our
aircraft both for working and entertainment. Moreover, this change
will bring our policies in line with those of other jurisdictions
for use of PEDs on aircraft, eliminating uncertainty for
customers. We appreciate Transport Canada's support of our efforts
to implement these new rules safely and quickly," said Craig
Landry, Vice President of Marketing at Air Canada.
PEDs include such
devices as cellular telephones, electronic document readers,
tablet computers and MP3 players. The changes do not permit the
use of transmitting functions once the aircraft is in motion prior
to take-off, meaning customers aboard aircraft will not be able to
make cellular phone calls or otherwise send and receive wireless
signals from outside the aircraft. Current safety restrictions on
customers using headphones or earbuds not connected to the
aircraft's inflight Entertainment system will also remain in
Air Canada started rolling out inflight Wi-Fi connectivity across
American fleet this month.
29 aircraft are expected to offer inflight connectivity by year
end, with 130 narrow-body aircraft to be equipped to provide
connectivity by the end of 2015.
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