Air travelers can now use electronic devices on aircraft in Canada

Following the relaxation of rules regarding use of electronic devices in the US, Canada is allowing their use from gate to gate.

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced the loosening of rules during a news conference at the Ottawa airport on Monday and said she expected airlines would implement the changes quickly.

Raitt said Canadian airlines can immediately apply for the policy change, provided all the paperwork was in place, noting the airlines were given a head’s up that the rules were changing.

Jet lands with cracked windshield after hailstorm

A US Airways jet flew through a hailstorm last Thursday on its descent to Philadelphia and landed with a cracked windshield.

Only one layer of the multilayered windshield was cracked and Flight 768 en route from Orlando, Florida, landed safely, airline officials said. No one was injured.

The flight landed as hail — some reportedly the size of tennis balls — was falling across parts of eastern Pennsylvania, cracking car windshields, breaking windows and damaging siding.

Italian government opens TripAdvisor investigation over fake reviews

The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, Italy’s antitrust regulator, is investigating how TripAdvisor is handling fake reviews.

The regulatory agency said it had decided to begin proceedings for “unfair trade practices” against TripAdvisor to determine needs if the online travel site needs to do more to prevent the posting of fake reviews. The move came after the agency received numerous reports of fake reviews from consumers, owners of hotels, restaurants, and other tourist venues, and the Unione Nazionale Consumatori, the country’s oldest consumer protection association.

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