Rules for use of portable electronic devices

  • Transmitting Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs)
    Any devices that can send or receive data by wireless means, such as mobile-phones and tablets, may be used during all phases of the flight provided their transmit/receive capabilities (e.g. Bluetooth and Wi-fi) are switched off.  Alternatively, if the device has ‘Flight Mode’ capability, this shall be enabled.  Such devices shall be safely secured in the customers’ hand (handheld) or a pocket during taxi, take-off and landing. Larger devices (e.g. laptops) shall be switched off and stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing.  Accessories, such as headphones, must not obstruct access to the aisle.  If the data transmission capability cannot be switched off (whilst the device is operating), the device itself shall be switched off for the duration of the flight.

  • Non-Transmitting Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs)
    These could include, but are not limited to, items such as DVD players, electronic games, music players and personal cameras.  Such devices shall be safely secured in the customers’ hand (handheld) or a pocket during taxi, take-off and landing.  Larger devices shall be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing.

  • Laptops and notebooks
    Such devices may be used during boarding and during flight but not during taxi, take-off and landing. Any built-in data connectivity such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi shall be disabled.  These devices must be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing since they could hinder an emergency evacuation.


Are there times when I cannot use my electronic devices?

Under certain circumstances, your Flight Crew or Cabin Crew may ask you to switch off all PEDs. This may happen during automatic landings, low visibility takeoff or landing or during emergency situations. 

Can I use headphones?

Personal headphones can be used during all phases of the flight. However, we ask you to remove your headphones during the safety briefing. For safety reasons, customers sitting at an emergency exit row must refrain from using headphones during taxi, take-off and landing.

I should inform the cabin crew when …
… a passenger notices that his/her device is overheating. In such a case, the PED must be switched off immediately and a member of the crew informed. 

If you require more information, please refer to the table below which includes a list of PEDs which can be used onboard Air Malta flights by phase of flight.  Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our cabin crew if you have any further questions

Phase  Hand Held (e.g. smart phones and tablets)  Larger PED’s (e.g. laptops and notebooks)  Headphones  Wi-fi, Bluetooth, Text and Phone Call functions 
Boarding  YES   YES   YES   YES 
Extended Ground Delay
(when instructed by Flight Crew or Cabin Crew) 
Taxi-out for Take-Off  YES  NO  YES  NO
During Safety Briefing Demonstration  YES  NO  NO  NO
Take-Off   YES  NO  YES  NO
Cruise   YES  YES  YES  NO
Circa 10 minutes to landing (Cabin Crew PA)  YES  NO  YES  NO
Landing  YES  NO  YES  NO
Taxi to Stand  YES  NO  YES   YES


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