WestJet Gives the Go-Ahead for PEDs

WestJet plane- April 29

WestJet reports that guests now have full access to their personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, including taxi-in and out, take-off and landing in non-transmitting or flight mode, starting immediately.

“We have been hard at work to meet all necessary conditions required for the safe operation of PEDs on board our Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. “Beginning today (June 2), all WestJet guests will have access to their favourite device for the duration of their flight, as long as it remains in airplane 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 guests with access to PEDs such as cameras, electronic games and tablet computers. WestJet has completed comprehensive testing to ensure its fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft is proven safe and does not cause interference with navigation or communication systems on the aircraft. Testing is now underway on WestJet Encore’s growing fleet of Bombardier Q400s.