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What not to carry as cabin baggage on an Etihad flight

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Some items may not necessarily be treated in the same manner by other airlines or at certain airports. We accept no responsibility if certain airports/airlines do not allow carriage of one or more of these items.

The following items cannot be carried into the aircraft cabin but may be allowed as checked baggage:

Pointed weapons and sharp objects

  • Axes and hatchets
  • Arrows and darts
  • Harpoons and spears
  • Ice axes and ice picks
  • Ice skates
  • Lockable or flick knives with blades of any length
  • Knives
  • Meat cleavers
  • Machetes
  • Open razors and blades (excluding safety or disposable razors with blades enclosed in cartridge)
  • Sabres, swords and swordsticks
  • Scalpels
  • Scissors with blades more than 6cm in length
  • Ski and walking / hiking poles
  • Throwing stars
  • Tools that have the potential to be used as a pointed or edged weapon such as drills, drill bits, box cutters, utility knives, saws, screwdrivers, crowbars, hammers, pliers, wrenches, spanners, blow torches.

Blunt instruments

  • Baseball and softball bats
  • Clubs or batons
  • Cricket bats
  • Golf clubs
  • Hockey sticks
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Kayak and canoe paddles
  • Skateboards
  • Billiards, snooker and pool cues
  • Fishing rods
  • Martial arts equipment such as knuckle dusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails, nun chucks, kabatons, kubasaunts


  • Inflated articles (inflated balls, balloons, etc. should be deflated)

Applicable to flights to the United States only

Electronic devices and their accessories larger than 16cmx9.3cmx1.5cm. This includes laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, game-consoles, speakers, printers and other powered electronic items. All such items must be completely shut down or powered off and placed in your checked-in baggage at point of origin.

Under the new US regulation, battery packs, power-banks and spare batteries  larger than 16cmx9.3cmx1.5cm are prohibited from both checked baggage and cabin baggage. We recommend our guests not to travel with these items, to prevent these being confiscated during the security screening.  

E-cigarettes, e-pipes or other personal vaporizers must be placed into your cabin-baggage or on one's person, as these items are not allowed in your checked baggage. These devices must not exceed 16cmx9.3cmx1.5cm.

Dangerous goods & restricted articles

Guests are not permitted to carry these items through the screening point and in sterile/secured areas of an airport and in the aircraft cabin.

Note: Some of the prohibited items may be allowed in checked baggage under certain conditions/regulations.
  • Acids and alkalis such as wet batteries that may spill
  • Corrosive or bleaching substances such as mercury, chlorine, etc.
  • Disabling or incapacitating sprays such as mace, pepper, tear gas
  • Radioactive material such as medicinal or commercial isotopes
  • Poisons
  • Infectious or hazardous  biological material such as infected blood, bacteria and viruses
  • Material capable of spontaneous ignition or combustion
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Lithium batteries above 160Wh
  • Gas and gas containers (such as butane, propane, acetylene, oxygen).
  • Fireworks, flares and other pyrotechnics (including party poppers and toy caps).
  • Non-safety matches
  • Smoke generating canisters or cartridges
  • Flammable liquid fuel such as petrol / gasoline, diesel, lighter fluid, alcohol, ethanol
  • Aerosol spray paint
  • Turpentine and paint thinner
  • Alcoholic beverages exceeding 70% by volume
Dangerous goods & chemicals sign
  • Pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, pellet guns, etc.
  • Replica and imitation firearms
  • Components of firearms (excluding telescopic sighting devices & sights)
  • Toy guns of all types
  • Crossbows
  • Catapults
  • Harpoon and spear guns
  • Stun or shocking devices such as cattle prods, ballistic conducted energy weapons, etc.
  • Lighters shaped like firearms
Prohibited weapons sign
  • Ammunition
  • Blasting caps
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Explosives and explosive devices
  • Replica or imitation explosive material or devices
  • Grenades
Explosives' hazard sign

Small vehicles powered by lithium batteries

Small vehicles powered by lithium batteries

All vehicles powered by lithium batteries are not accepted for travel by Etihad. These vehicles are commonly referred to as: 

  • Airwheels
  • Solowheels
  • Mini Segways
  • Hoverboards