Air North applies to lift electronic device restrictions
Airline must prove to Transport Canada devices won't interfere with its plane's systems.
Yukon's Air North is applying to Transport Canada to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices in non-transmitting mode during the entire flight, including takeoff and landing.
Transport Canada recently lifted restrictions on using devices, such as computers, during flight. But, each airline must first meet safety conditions. The airline must prove the devices won't interfere with the plane's electrical and navigational systems.
On Monday, Westjet announced its fleet of Boeing 737s passed the test.
Allan Moore, Air North's director of commercial development, says the safety application is more complicated for his airline.
"An airline like Westjet, will have a hundred aircraft that have exactly the same configuration," he said. "They have to do one certification. Whereas our aircraft, we have a number of different models of aircraft and we have to get a certification for each configuration of that aircraft."
Moore says testing will be done as soon as possible and the results will be submitted to Transport Canada.
Air Canada has said it's also in the process of applying.