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Transport Canada bans books from flights?

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Apparently Transport Canada is banning books and periodicals from their flights unless passengers buy them after going through security.

Eek. Makes me even happier about being able to read e-books on my iPhone! Hope this ban doesn't last long.

Also see:

Books Banned on Canada-U.S. Flights (January Magazine)

Stop Dumbing Down: Allow Books on Airplanes (Facebook Group)

Reader Comments (9)

I wonder if this has anything to do with the Kindle being released into Canada...

In all seriousness though, this really really upsets me.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaige Bruce

Give a government beaurocrat a little authority and his stupidity really shines.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean O'Mordha

How ridiculous! Next thing you know, they'll be banning the clothes off our backs.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

That is one of the most insane things I've ever heard...

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter--Deb

The power of the written word should never be underestimated.

I feel sorry for the poor passengers that fell foul of the ban before it was lifted. I'd go insane if I had to fly without a book!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfairyhedgehog

I'm grateful that they've relented.

I'm leaving for the UK on Monday... between the heightened security after the last bomb scare and the potential new bans on this and that, it would be a really long trip home without a book. I would be UNHAPPY. Wow.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertanita

For a moment, you got me gaping! Thank god Canada is not as neurotic as its neighbor. (Although it seems it's being contaminated, bit by bit...)

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMariana N. Blaser

Now they're just calling it a "misunderstanding." I'm glad they didn't get away with it the ban.

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary McGath

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