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Santa Claus is cleared for take-off

Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneau announced Monday that Santa Claus is cleared for take-off as he prepares for this year’s round-the-world flight to deliver presents to millions of children.
Transport Canada officials inspected Santa’s sleigh and validated his pilot’s licence before he takes off on Christmas Eve.
“I am delighted to clear Santa for flight in Canadian airspace to take to the skies safely this Christmas Eve,” Garneau said. “I want to remind Santa and all Canadians to drive safely in our Canadian winter conditions. I wish everyone safe and happy travels this holiday season.”
Officials inspected the sleigh navigation and safety systems, harnesses, landing gear, onboard navigation equipment and, of course, Rudolph’s nose.
Santa was reminded of the importance of being well-rested before flying, and to do detailed pre-flight checks that include looking for ice build-up on the sleigh and reindeer, and reminded not to be distracted by eating too many Christmas cookies.
Now that Santa has passed his medical and flight tests, he is once again ready to take to the skies.
Santa’s team of engineer elves has been working with Transport Canada on an innovative new project.
This year, Santa’s sleigh features new driver assistance technology which will make travelling across the world even safer.
Transport Canada has been partnering with experts from government, organizations, industry and academia on this technology as well additional safe driving innovations such as connected and automated vehicles, and zero-emission vehicles.
Learning about Santa’s sleigh driver assistance technology has been a dream for the road safety engineers.
Again this year, Santa took the pledge to “Leave the Phone Alone” and will not respond to text messages or calls while piloting the sleigh.
You can track Santa and the reindeer on the NORAD Tracks Santa Web site and on Twitter following the #NORADSanta hashtag.
Video: Santa Claus is cleared for take-off at https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/video-14125.html.

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