WestJet passengers cleared for gate-to-gate PED use

WestJet has announced that with immediate effect its passengers can now have full access to their personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, including taxi-in and out, takeoff and landing in non-transmitting or flight mode.

"We have been hard at work to meet all necessary conditions required for the safe operation of PEDs on board our Boeing 737NGs," explained Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, sales, marketing and guest experience. “Beginning today, all WestJet guests will have access to their favourite device for the duration of their flight, as long as it remains in aeroplane mode. We applaud Transport Canada's recent decision, and we believe the exemption will further enrich an already remarkable guest experience."

The move follows a recent Transport Canada exemption that enables airlines, once they have met all necessary safety conditions, to provide travelles with access to PEDs such as cameras, electronic games and tablet computers. WestJet has completed comprehensive testing to ensure its fleet of 737s is safe and that there is no interference with navigation or communication systems on the aircraft. Testing is now underway on WestJet Encore's growing fleet of Bombardier Q400s.

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