Airline welcoming new rules for use of electronic devices on airplanes

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Robert Palmer with WestJet  says this change doesn’t mean you’ll be able to talk on your cell in flight but it does mean you can keep it running.

“When the rules or processes are in place you won’t have to turn off your portable electronic device during takeoff and landing as long as it remains in non-transmitting or what they call airplane mode you’ll be able to keep it on for the entire flight.”

Palmer says there are still a few months before you will be able to do this on their flights.

Also, he says it could be as soon as the end of the year when WiFi is available on their flights.


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  1. I travel for business. As much as I depend on my phone for work, I do not want to make calls on my phone whilst in flight. Nor do I want to let my phone “beep”. I hope others follow suit and do not let the sounds go off or make calls.

  2. The best days of flying are in the rear view mirror. To those who say they must remain connected all of the time I say nonsense! The need to be connected 24/7 has become the number one disease of the 21st century.