Canada Takes a Pass on Electronics Ban
Posted on 04/13/2017
After weeks of mulling, the Canadian federal government has said it will take a pass on banning electronics in carry-on bags, at least for the time being.
But the country is also putting into place new, "enhanced security measures" on some inbound flights, according to Transport Canada--the agency which oversees Canada's civil aviation. No one is spilling, though, on just what those measures are, including which nations, airlines or flights they might affect.
"I'm not in a position to tell you from where for obvious security reasons and I'm not in a position to tell you specifically the measures either,” said Marc Garneau, Canada’s Federal Transport Minister. “And you will understand, for security reasons we don't talk about these things...I will not tell you that information."
But, said Garneau, the enhanced measures "will make certain inbound flights safer for Canadians."
Last month, the U.S. announced a ban on any electronics larger than a standard smartphone in the cabin, and the U.K. followed suit days later.
At that time, Garneau said that the government was made “aware of a situation that we are analyzing very carefully.” and that the agency planned to have "a fulsome discussion within government and look at the information that has been presented to us and then we will make a decision.”
For now, Garneau said passengers are not expected to notice the new measures.