The following persons can have weapons aboard the aircraft upon availability of the relevant documents:
- On duty Federal Guard Service employees;
- Employees of the National Courier Service affiliated to the government of the Russian Federation carrying official correspondence;
- Military guard personnel convoying arrested individuals.
Carriage of weapons and ammunition shall be performed in compliance with the requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation under the authority of carriage permit issued to the Airline Company by the Bodies of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in accordance with the established procedure.
On authority of permits and licenses issued by the Bodies of Internal Affairs, citizens of the Russian Federation may present not more than 5 pieces of weapons and not more than 400 cartridges of ammunition for carriage as a baggage.
A detailed instruction for the procedure of carriage of weapons and ammunition is presented in Airline Company Operations Manual.
Dangerous Goods and Substances prohibited for carriage in Baggage
Dangerous articles not allowed for carriage in passenger baggage include the following:
- firearms and cold steel weapons of any type: hand guns, revolvers, rifles, carbines and other types of firearms; cavalry swords (shaskas), sabers, broadswords, yatagans, backswords, swords, spears, bayonets, daggers, dirks, stilettos, knives (military, amphibious, Finnish, flick-knives, locking knives and other);
- explosives and items rigged with it, blasting agents: any kind of shooting or other powder regardless of the package or quantity; live cartridges (including small caliber); hunting capsules (blasting caps) and explosive capsules;
- pyrotechnical devices: emergency and illumination flares, landing candles, smoke bombs, “strike anywhere” matches, firework sparklers, railway detonating cartridges; dynamite, TNT, ammonal and other explosives;
- compressed and liquefied gases: residential use gases (butane-propane), rangette gases, aerosols, gas lighters and refill cylinders, gas devices with cylinders and refill cylinders, compressed-air bottles for divers etc.;
- highly flammable liquids: acetone, gasoline, samples of oil products; menthol; methylacetate (methyl ester); brake fluid; carbon sulphide; esters; 2-ethoxyethanol, all other kinds of highly flammable liquids; some of the solvent agents, some types of paint and glue, other flammable liquids;
- flammable solid substances; substances generating heat and emitting flammable gases when in contact with water, which can cause spontaneous combustion or fire: potassium, sodium, calcium metal and their composites, calcium phosphide and etc.; white, yellow, red phosphorus and all other substances falling into the category of flammable solid substances; organic peroxides; colloidal cellulose nitrate in granules or flakes, dry or wet, containing less than 25% of water or solvent; colloidal cellulose nitrate in wads, wet, containing less than 25% of alcohol; colloidal cellulose nitrate, dry or wet, containing less than 25% of water or solvent; matches and other highly flammable items, substances liable to spontaneous combustion and compounds emitting flammable gasses when in contact with water;
- poisonous and toxic substances: any poisonous, highly toxic and toxic substances, liquid or solid regardless of packing: brucine, nicotine, strichnine, tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol; antifreeze; ethylene glycol; mercury; prussiades and cyanides; cyclone, black cyanide, arsenous anhydride and all other types of highly toxic and poisonous substances;
- caustic and corrosive substances: strong inorganic acids: chlorohydric, sulphuric, nitric etc.; fluohydric acid and other strong acids and corrosive substances; bleach, peroxides, containers with polyester resin and other oxidizing agents; radioactive materials;
- asbestus, substances with strong odor and their extracts, dry ice, magnetically charged items and other various dangerous materials;
- all other substances, cargoes and items having any characteristics of the substances, cargoes and items described above, generating suspicion in regard to the safety of carriage and having a potential of being used for arson, explosion or endangering life of the passengers and aircraft crew members.
Note: Please find a detailed list of dangerous items and hazardous substances prohibited for carriage by the passengers in civil aircrafts in Regulations for carriage of dangerous goods by air put into effect by the order of the Minister of Transportation of the Russian Federation.
Items and substances allowed for carriage as passenger baggage
- alcoholic beverages containing not more than 24% of alcohol;
- alcoholic beverages containing more than 24%, but less than 70% of alcohol in containers having not more than 5 liters of volumetric capacity and intended for retail sale; overall net number of such beverages may not exceed 5 liters per passenger;
- non-radioactive pharmaceuticals, medical drugs containing alcohol and personal care items (aerosols, hair-spray, perfume, colognes); only as a checked baggage items intended to be used for sport or residential purposes: aerosols containing non-flammable, non-toxic gas of 2.2 Division stated in ICAO Technical Specifications; overall net number of all such items must not exceed 2 kg or 2 liters per passenger, and net number of each separate item must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 liters;
- small CO2 cylinder to actuate artificial limbs and similar-sized spare cylinders if necessary for provision of the reserve during carriage; dry ice, maximum 2 kg per a passenger in total when intended to cool non-hazardous perishable goods, not covered by ICAO Technical Specifications, providing that gaseous hydrogen dioxide can be carried in cabin baggage, and on permission by the air carrier – in checked baggage;
- safety matches or a personal lighter carried on the passenger; carriage of the lighters containing unabsorbed liquid fuel (except for liquefied gas), lighter fuel and refill elements either in checked or cabin baggage is prohibited; thermomatches are prohibited for air carriage;
- radioisotopic cardiac pacemakers and other devices, including those powered by lithium batteries implanted into the body of a person, or radiopharmaceuticals within the body of a person pursuant to medical treatment;
- tongs for catalytic hair curling, containing hydrocarbon gas, not more than one pair of tongs per one person in checked baggage providing that heating element is equipped with safe protective cap; refill elements for such tongs are prohibited for carriage; one small medical or clinical thermometer, containing mercury for personal use, when in protective case.
Items and substances allowed for carriage as passenger baggage upon authorization of The Airline Company
- small cylinders with gaseous oxygen or air for medical purposes;
- ammunition (cartridges) for sports constituting no significant danger, allowed only as checked baggage items, safely packed into cases. Maximum 5 kg of gross weight per passenger for personal use, excluding ammunition with explosive or incendiary bullets. Baggage allowance for several passengers cannot be combined into one or several pieces of the baggage;
- cabin baggage only: mercury barometer or mercury thermometer carried by the passenger being an employee of federal executive body in the field Hydrometeorology. Barometer or thermometer must have safe external packing consisting of packed internal insert or bag made of durable impermeable and puncture-proof material impervious to mercury, preventing mercury leakage from the package irrespective of its position. A carrier (aircraft commander) must be informed of barometer or thermometer aboard;
per one passenger only: not more than two small CO2 cylinders or two small cylinders containing any other gas corresponding to 2.2 Division in compliance with ICAO Technical Specifications fitted into self-inflatable life jacket, plus up to two spare cartridges; items generating heat (i.e. equipment powered by the battery, such as underwater flashlights and soldering equipment, generating substantial amounts of heat on inadvertent actuation likely to cause fire) can be carried in cabin baggage only. Heat-generating component or source must be removed to prevent undeliberate actuation during carriage;
- wheelchairs and other battery-powered mobility aids equipped with leak-proof batteries and carried in checked baggage providing that battery terminals are short circuit proofed and that the battery is safely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid;
- wheelchairs and other battery-powered mobility aids equipped with leak-proof batteries and carried in checked baggage providing that it is possible to load, place, secure or unload a wheelchair or a mobility aid in an upright position only, and providing that the battery terminals are short circuit proofed and that the battery is safely attached to a wheelchair or a mobility aid;
In the event it is not possible to load, secure or unload a wheelchair or a mobility aid in an upright position only, the battery must be removed, thus a wheelchair or a mobility aid can be freely carried as a checked baggage.
It is necessary to carry the removed battery in safe rigid packing provided that:
- this packing must prevent leakage and be impervious to battery fluid; protection against overturning must be provided by fastening to pallets or by securing in cargo compartments using appropriate fastening means, such as restraining straps, brackets or supports;
- batteries must be protected against short circuits, secured in upright position in such packing and surrounded by a sufficient amount of compatible adsorbent materials in order for those to completely absorb liquid contained in batteries;
- it is necessary to attach a sign of packing placement and corrosion hazard sign on such packing and mark it with “liquid battery with a wheelchair” or “liquid battery with a mobility aid” inscription.
Aircraft commander must inform a passenger of the location of a wheelchair or a mobility aid with an installed battery or of the packed battery location.
A passenger is advised to coordinate his activities with the Airline Company beforehand; furthermore, if possible, it is required to equip batteries (other than leak-proof) with vent plugs preventing the leakage.
A passenger is advised not to place any fragile and perishable items, banknotes, jewelry, precious metals, computers, electronic means of communications, monetary obligations, securities and other valuables, official documents, passports, identification documents, keys and other similar items into one’s checked baggage.
A passenger shall be held responsible for the carriage of the following items in the baggage: items prohibited for carriage or items checked for carriage without compliance with the requirements and terms of carriage specified by the present Regulations or Regulations for Carriage by Air established by the carrier.
In order to eliminate interference with aircraft control or communication systems during takeoff, climb, descent and landing passengers are restricted from usage of electronic entertainment devices, portable photo and video cameras, VCRs, mobile phones, radio stations, transistor receivers and other type of electronic devices other than hearing aids, cardiological equipment, electronic alarms, calculators, laptops and portable tape recorders (players).