Portable Electronic Devices

The UK Department for Transport has extended its advice regarding the carriage of electronic devices on board aircraft to now include ‘other unspecified routes into and out of the UK’. This follows the changes widely reported last week concerning the carriage of electronic devices by passengers flying to the United States only.

Flybe passengers are therefore advised to make sure that any electronic devices in their hand luggage are fully charged before they travel so that they are able to be powered up otherwise there is the possibility they will not be allowed to take the device onto the aircraft.

Any PED (Portable Electronic Device) that should inadvertently become a danger due to smoke, overheating or potential to catch fire, will be removed from the passenger to be secured and made safe by the crew and handed over to fire officers on landing to be handled appropriately.

Please note that, as with other items of hand luggage confiscated by airport authorities for safety and security reasons, neither airports nor airlines have the facility to store such items.

The full aviation security update on the Gov.UK website can be found on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/aviation-security-update

Flights operated by Flybe

Handheld devices, such as tablets, e-readers and mobile phones may be used during all phases of the flight provided the ‘flight safe’ mode is enabled before departure. Devices must be safely secured in the customer’s hand or a pocket during taxi, take-off and landing.
Any device that transmits or receives communications but does not have a ‘flight safe’ mode, must be switched off from doors closed to doors open.


These devices may be used during boarding but not for taxi, take-off and landing. They may be used in-flight, provided any built-in connectivity such as Wi-Fi is switched off or set to ‘flight safe’ mode. They must be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing.


This will include items such as DVD players, electronic games, and music players. Only small, hand-held devices may be used during taxi, take-off and landing. Larger devices must be switched off and stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing.


All Bluetooth accessories (for example, wireless, keyboards, headphones, etc.) must be switched off from doors closed to doors open.


Under certain circumstances your flight or cabin crew may ask that all electronic devices be switched off, for example, during re-fuel operations. This will be announced over the PA.


Passengers may wear headphones at all times during the flight unless instructed by the crew otherwise. It is recommended that passengers remove their Headphones for the Safety Demonstration, though this is not a requirement that will be enforced by our crew.

Please Note: We do not allow Bluetooth devices to be used during the flight, so this policy does not apply to Bluetooth headphones, which will need to be switched off for the duration of the flight.

Flybe does not allow passengers to charge their devices whilst on-board our aircraft.


Flights operated by Stobart Air

The use of portable electronic devices on-board aircraft is carefully controlled. Stobart Air policy is to disallow the use of any device, which has the potential to interfere with aircraft systems, whilst at the same time allowing the use of those devices that are deemed harmless to flight safety.

The limitations for the use of PED are based on the PED categories; unrestricted, limited, restricted and forbidden. 
These lists are not comprehensive, but give examples of typical devices from each category. The limitations do not apply to:

  • Approved equipment permanently installed
  • Approved passenger entertainment equipment

The Pilot in Command may prohibit the use of any PED, if required in the interest of safety


Unrestricted Use

  • Devices that can be used at any time
  • Devices powered by micro battery cells
  • Devices powered by solar cells
  • Electric watches
  • Hearing Aids (including digital devices)
  • Pagers (only receivers)
  • Heart pace makers

Limited Use

  • Devices to be used on the ground before doors are closed or after the doors are opened, or in the event of delays at the discretion of the Pilot in Command:
  • Mobile phones Note: Mobile phones must not be used during refuelling or on the ramp.

Restricted use
Devices that are prohibited during taxi, take-off, initial climb, approach and landing:

  • Laptops with CD ROM or DVD drive
  • Palmtop organizers
  • Handheld calculators without printers
  • Portable audio equipment (e.g. Walkman, CD-player, Mini-disk player, iPod and MP3-player). For the comfort of other passengers these audio devices are required to only be used with a headset.
  • Computer games (e.g. Gameboy). Peripheral devices for handheld computer games are prohibited at all times e.g. supplementary power packs connected by cable.
  • Video cameras and recorder including digital equipment
  • Digital Cameras
  • GPS handheld receivers
  • Electric shavers
  • Electronic toys (excluding remote controlled)


Prohibited Use 
Devices prohibited at all times:

  • Devices transmitting radio frequency intentionally
  • Walkie- talkies
  • Remote controlled toys
  • Display units with cathode ray tubes
  • Wireless computer equipment (e.g. mouse)
  • PC printers
  • CD writers and Mini Disk recorders in the recording mode
  • Portable stereo sets
  • Pocket radios (AM/FM)
  • TV receivers
  • Telemetric equipment
  • Bluetooth devices and devices that use “Blackberry” technology are not permitted.
  • The use of wireless LAN (WLAN) is not permitted. Laptops with built-in WLAN (e.g.Centrino) may be used during flight provided the WLAN is turned off and subject to the restrictions associated with the use of laptops detailed above.
  • Devices where a decision must be obtained from the Stobart Air Flight Operations Manager on the condition that the device is required to go on the intended flight. E.g. electric or electronic medical support equipment provided that the Aircraft Licensed Engineer has technically approved the equipment.
  • Special cargo utility equipment
  • All devices that cannot be clearly catered for in the categories above.