Itaian pro golfer Edoardo Molinari knows that using a laptop on a plane is the only way to travel. (Photo: ndrew Redington/Getty Images)
Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt just announced that portable electronic devices — which includes computers, tablets, cameras, etc. — can be used in all phases of flight, including takeoff and landing. That means no more stopping a movie right before the climax just because the plane is landing, or being able to finish composing an email just as the plane takes off. You still can't use transmitting settings — but if you're flight has wi-fi, you can send as many emails as you want.
As long as airlines can demonstrate that their aircraft aren't affected by the use of these devices, the new regulations are said to be completely safe.
"This is great news for air passengers, and an exciting day for the Canadian aviation industry," said Raitt. "By collaborating with our aviation partners, we are able to offer airlines the tools they need to safely enable passengers to use portable electronic devices on airplanes, while still maintaining the highest standards of aviation safety."
Canada is following a similar change of rules in the United States and Britain, both of which have allowed passengers to use computers and tablets all flight long since last year. Still, you can't use cell phones on flights to make calls. Why? This article in Air & Space Magazine, and this one on CNN, explains just how dangerous that can be.