Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices

Can I take this item on a plane?

Yes, you can take cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices on a plane, but with certain restrictions.

What are the restrictions?

  • If the items go in your check-in luggage, make sure the devices are turned off, not in sleep or hibernation modes. This will ensure the device cannot unintentionally activate and is protected from damage.
  • You can take a maximum of 15 portable electronic devices with you. If you want to carry more you must get approval from your airline.
  • It's okay to use your laptop, tablet or cellphone onboard, but please follow onboard crew instructions on when you can cannot use these devices.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cellphone are prohibited as there have been occasions where they have spontaneously burst into flame causing significant burn injuries.
  • Earbuds charging pod [case] are a type of power bank they can go in your carry-on bag but must not go in check-in luggage under any circumstances.

Why is this item restricted?

Battery operated devices that are not turned off may activate, overheat and catch fire.

What happens if I have a restricted item in my carry-on bag?

You will be asked to relinquish all dangerous or prohibited items found in your carry-on luggage. If you refuse:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point, and
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

How does Aviation Security screen for restricted items?

AvSec x-ray bags going onto aircraft to ensure there is nothing dangerous in them. If something comes up on the x-ray that needs checking, the bag will be opened, searched and any dangerous good or prohibited item will be removed, with a bag search notification form left within the bag.

What if my items are removed?

If you want to retrieve an item that has been removed, please contact your airline as soon as possible. The airline will dispose of items within three to seven days, so the sooner you make contact, the better your chance of having the items returned to you. For more information, see:

Retrieving your removed items