For security reasons, certain objects are forbidden in hand luggage:

  • Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles: devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile;
  • Neutralizing devices: devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize;
  • Sharp objects: objects, due to its sharp tip or its sharp edges can be used to cause serious injuries;
  • Working tools: tools that can be used to cause serious injury or threaten the safety of the aircraft;
  • Blunt instruments: objects that can cause serious injury if used to harm someone physically;
  • Explosives and incendiary substances and devices: materials and explosives or incendiary devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or threaten the safety of the aircraft;
  • Liquids, Aerosols and Gels.

Note: Carrying liquids on board is authorized only in containers with a capacity of up to 100 millilitres and not more than one litre in total per passenger.


An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is an electronic device that is designed to simulate the act of smoking.
It can appear similar to a normal cigarette both in the way it looks and how it works and it can even simulate smoke, although this "smoke" is really vapour.

The devices usually have three elements in common:

  • mouthpiece (cartridge)
  • heating element (atomising chamber)
  • battery (usually a rechargeable lithium ion battery and an electronic LED system that emits colored light).

Although electronic cigarettes are not prohibited by law, their use on board the aircraft may cause problems. For this reason, their use is not allowed on board MAI aircraft. They can, however, be transported in the hand luggage.


Electronic devices may cause interference with navigation or communication system of the aircraft on which they are used. PED should not be used during takeoff and landing and should be properly stowed similarly to other carry-on luggage.

To avoid risk of interference, the operation of the following electronic devices is restricted as follows:

1. Devices that can be used at any time - unrestricted use:

  • Devices powered by micro battery cells;
  • Devices powered by solar cells;
  • Electric watches;
  • Hearing aids (including digital devices);
  • Pager (only receivers);
  • Heart pace-makers;
  • Other similar type of equipment.

2. Devices limited to be used on ground - restricted use, associated with doors position:

  • Mobile phones;

The use of mobile phones is not allowed on board of aircraft except, when parked and at least one door is open.

Senior cabin crew will announce the prohibition to continue the use of mobile phones as soon as the doors are closed.

3. Devices limited to be used in cruise flight - restricted use, associated with aircraft portable electronic device sign:

  • Mobile phones in light mode;
  • Laptops with CD ROM or DVD drives;
  • Palmtops organisers;
  • Handheld calculators without printers;
  • Portable audio equipment (walkman, CDP-player, mini disc-player, MP3-player);
  • Computer games (i.e. game boy);
  • Video cameras and recorder (also digital);
  • Display units (except cathode ray tubes);
  • GPS handheld receivers;
  • Electric shavers;
  • Electronic toys (excluding remote controlled);
  • Other similar type of equipment.

Note: PEDs are allowed to be used in flight mode or equivalent profile, such as Flight Safe Mode, Off line or radio wave OFF mode.

4. Devices forbidden to be used in the aircraft - prohibited use:

  • Devices transmitting RF intentionally;
  • Walkie-talkies;
  • Remote controlled toys;
  • Display units with cathode rays tubes;
  • Wireless computer equipment (mouse);
  • PC-printers;
  • CD-writers and mini disk recorder in recording mode;
  • Big portable stereo sets;
  • Pocket radios (AM/FM);
  • TV receivers;
  • Telemetric equipment;
  • Blue-tooth devices;
  • Other similar type of equipment.

5. Devices where a single case decision must be obtained from relevant engineering organisation:(Condition: the device is required to conduct the intended flight).

  • Airborne videoconference installations;
  • Special cargo utility equipment;
  • All devices, which cannot be clearly categorised in the categories above.

The list above gives examples of typical devices inside a category. The senior cabin crew must inform the commander in case a passenger is using one of these electronic devices.

The commander may prohibit the use of electronic devices of any category during any phase of flight, if required by the interest of safety.