In a confusing move by Transport Canada, new regulations regarding what can be brought into the cabin during air travel could exclude printed materials such as books and magazines. The National Post reported yesterday that Transport Canada, in response to the Christmas Day attempt by Umar Farouk to blow up a passenger plane, has far-reaching restrictions which only exclude a small number of items.
According to the National Post, the carry-on ban includes everything except for: medication, medical devices, small purses, cameras, coats, items for care of infants, laptop computers, crutches, canes, walkers, containers carrying life-sustaining items, special-needs items, musical instruments, or diplomatic or consular bags.
Because newspapers, magazines and books are not on Transport Canada’s list of exceptions, news organizations across the country are asking if these printed items, and others, are effectively banned from flights. The National Post story quotes Transport Canada spokesperson Melanie Quesnel stating that the ban is to stay in effect “until further notice."
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