Using Electronic Devices on Board

Some electronic devices cannot be used on board aircraft because they may interfere with the aircraft navigation and communication systems. Others may be used with permission from the crew. Before using any electronic device, check with a crew member to find out if / when you can use it on board.

In Canada, passengers who use transmitting portable electronic devices (TPEDS), such as smartphones, e-readers, or tablets need to ensure they are in airplane mode before using them on an aircraft. Passengers may be permitted to use portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as cameras, electronic games and computers during the critical phases of flight (when an aircraft takes off, climbs, descends or lands), at the discretion of the air operator (in consultation with Transport Canada’s Advisory Circular).

Air operators must consider the size and weight of the PEDs that are acceptable to be secured either on their person or in an approved stowage location and implement procedures for stowage of all loose PEDs during the take-off, climb, approach or landing (as applicable) phases of flight in order to prevent personal injury from projectiles. Air operators may determine that a large PED, such as a full-size laptop computer, would need to be safely stowed in an approved carry-on stowage location.

Using a 3G or WiFi connection is currently permitted only during the taxi-in phase of flight. Some flights are allowed to use WiFi service, on a trial basis, in Canadian airspace.

Remove headsets or earphones connected to a portable electronic device for boarding, taxi, take-off, landing, deplaning and while walking to and from the aircraft. Why? Headsets and earphones make you less aware of safety hazards and less able to hear crew and ground personnel instructions, especially during an emergency.

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