PED Changes Won’t Impact Most Passengers:


The federal government recently announced that passengers will finally be able to use their portable electronic devices (PEDs) throughout all phases of flight and while it may be a relief for some to get that extra gadget time in, found that the majority of Canadians are creatures of habit with 64% stating that this new change won’t affect their in-flight habits.

For those travellers who are planning to make the most of this added device time during their travels, here is what they’ll be doing:

  • Catch up on TV shows or watch a movie (14%) – residents of Atlantic Canada ranked this number one (19%), followed closely by British Columbians (16%) and Ontarians thereafter (12%);
  • Play more games (12%) – men are more inclined to play (15%) compared to women (10%), but when it comes to province Ontarians take the lead (15%) and Atlantic Canadians choosing this as the last likely option (7%t);
  • Get more in-flight work done (10%) – while there is no difference between men (10%) and women (10%) in terms of doing en route work, travellers in the 35-44 age bracket (15%) were more almost twice as likely than their younger cohort aged 18-24 (8%) to do more in-flight work;
  • Overall, men are more likely to change their behaviour, with 40% saying they will use their devices more, as compared to 34% of women.

For the 36% of Canadians that do plan on embracing their digital devices during the full flight experience, the free travel app’s new media lounge feature allows users to download premium content for free – offering a new app option every month. Apps such as Travel List (an app that helps people get ready for their upcoming trip) and Over (a photo-editing app) are now available for free and are ideal to help maximize pre- and post-travel needs.


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