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Electronics Ban NOT
The Link is the Globe and Mail article (Canada’s National Newspaper) reporting Government policy, stated yesterday, that there will be NO Electronics ban for flights destined to Canada. Elegant timing IMO, given the United story.
Lucky, Tiffany, Travis, Nick and others have mused about how the ban will affect their choices. This might be a factor.
A couple years after 9/11, in a boarding area at MEX, I noticed that the AC nonstop to Toronto was very full, mostly with pax from South and Central America headed to Europe, taking the longer, more expensive itinerary via Canada, to avoid contact with employees of the Government of the United States of America. I would guess that such people might also be tempted to prefer a Canadian airline over an American one, however Friendly its skies. There’s a healthy market of US-phobic travellers out there for non-US carriers to target in their marketing. But there’s also an opportunity here, for US residents to travel in peace, with their laptops and tablets, for the entire journey home.
Saudia, Etihad and Emirates have nonstops from their hubs to YYZ. All have codeshare deals for the final leg home to the USA, if you choose not to stay in Toronto permanently 😉
Canada no longer does sterile transit (in general, exceptions apply on some flights) so you end up talking to the not always friendly employees of the Government of Canada instead.
A Nexus card would help of course if you are a US Citizen or live in the US legally.
Think sterile transit is gone in Mexico also if my memory is correct.
Of course traveling to the US true Canada means dealing with government employees on 2 boarders instead of just one, most people if they have the means will just take a European or Asian carrier with 1 stop in their home hubs rather than connecting true Canada.