A long-awaited measure arrives!
For many passengers, air transport is an inevitable waste of time. However, that’s about to change!
Very recently, Transport Canada announced a measure that has been long-awaited by Canadians: Travellers are now allowed to use portable electronic devices throughout the entire duration of a flight. However, the implementation of this measure is left to the discretion of airlines, who will have to prove that the electronic devices do not actually interfere with the proper functioning of their aircraft.
Effectively, travellers will soon be able to keep the following devices on from takeoff to landing:
- Handheld game consoles
Transmitting portable electronic devices, can also be used throughout a flight, but only if set to non-transmitting mode or flight mode. We’re referring, of course, to the following devices:
- e-book readers
- Mobile phones
- Smart phones
The Practical Implications
This new measure translates to an increase in productivity for travellers, who can now use their flight time to write reports, annotate documents, review their notes, and more, all without interruption. And let’s not forget about creature comforts! Entertainment is scarce when you’re 10,000 feet in the air, unless you have entertainment devices with you…
The enactment of this measure is a reflection of current trends in mobile device usage. According to an investigation carried out by CEFRIO, over half of adults in Quebec (52%) have a smartphone or a tablet. Such a statistic can only make us wonder what the future has in store for us. Wouldn’t it be great to have wi-fi on all planes? Air Canada is a bit of an early adopter – it already offers Wi-Fi access on certain flights within North America. Moreover, the airline estimates that this service will be offered on 130 of its aircraft by December 2015.
The increase in electronic devices of all kinds and the importance of mobility for Canadian workers continue to have an influence on the world in which we live. Each year, technology becomes more deeply entrenched in our society, especially for business. For some companies, managing all the new technologies can pose quite a challenge. Fortunately, Cimpl offers you Technology Expense Management Software that will help you keep pace with your IT resources.
Although this announcement improves the experience of air travelers, it is important to rediscover the sense of awe once felt by air travellers. Think about it: Each time you board a plane, you rise thousands of feet in the air, and travel over 900 kilometers per hour. Take this opportunity to take a look out the window!