What can I take on the flight for free?

Brazil

For First and Business Classes on Etihad flights originating or arriving in Sao Paulo, Brazil, three checked in bags weighing up to 32kg each are permitted free of charge and for Economy, two checked bags weighing up to 32kg each are permitted. Add an additional bag of up to 32 kg for a cost of US $175. Infants are permitted one checked-in bag weighing up to 23kg. 

For carry-on luggage, one bag with a weight of up to 7kg is permitted in Economy Class and two bags with a weight of up to 12kg are permitted in Business Class and First Class.
Baggage allowance

US/Canada

The sections below tell you what you can take onboard the aircraft free of charge for flights originating or arriving in the US or Canada, and how much it will cost to take more than your allowance.
Baggage allowance

American Airlines

On flights operated by American Airlines carrying four digit Etihad flight numbers, please note that a fee of US $50 will be collected for your second bag.

More information

First Class – Checked-in luggage

Baggage weight Baggage dimensions American Airlines Codeshare
2 bags – maximum for each bag 32kg (70lbs) - Maximum total weight of 64kg (140lbs) Each item must not exceed 32kg (70lbs) and maximum total dimensions of 158 cm (for example, 50 x 70 by x 38) On flights marketed by American Airlines, please be advised that a fee of 60USD or more may be collected from you for your second (or additional) bags

First Class – Carry-on luggage

Baggage weight Dimensions
2 bags, total of 12kg Each item must not exceed maximum total dimensions of 111 cm (for example, 40 x 50 x 21)

Business Class – Checked-in luggage

Baggage weight Dimensions American Airlines Codeshare
2 bags – maximum for each bag 32kg (70lbs) - Maximum total weight of 64kg (140lbs) Each item must not exceed 32kg (70lbs) and maximum total dimensions of 158 cm (for example, 50 x 70 by x 38) On flights marketed by American Airlines, please be advised that a fee of 60USD or more may be collected from you for your second (or additional) bags

Business Class – Carry-on luggage

Baggage weight Dimensions
2 bags, total of 12kg Each item must not exceed maximum total dimensions of 111 cm (for example, 40 x 50 x 21)

Economy Class – Checked-in luggage

Baggage weight Dimensions American Airlines Codeshare
2 bags – maximum for each bag 23kg (50lbs) - Maximum total weight of 46kg (100lbs) Each item must not exceed 23kg (50lbs) and maximum total dimensions of 158 cm (for example, 50 x 70 by x 38) On flights marketed by American Airlines, please be advised that a fee of 60USD or more may be collected from you for your second (or additional) bags

Economy Class – Carry-on luggage

Baggage weight Dimensions
1 bag, total of 7kg Each item must not exceed maximum total dimensions of 111 cm (for example, 40 x 50 x 21)

Cabin baggage regulations

New cabin baggage guidelines at UAE airports

Guests travelling or transiting through UAE airports will have to follow new hand (cabin) baggage regulations, scheduled to come into effect soon.
• Carry all liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of 1 litre.
• Each Guest may carry only one such bag, which must be presented separately from other cabin baggage at security screening checkpoints.• The contents of no container must exceed 100 millilitres of LAGs.
• Exceptions may be made for medications, baby milk/foods and special dietary or other medical requirements.

At the Airport

• Present your transparent re-sealable plastic bag containing liquids, aerosols and gels separately at security checkpoints.
• Take off your jackets and/or coats and present these for screening. 
• Present laptops and other large electronic equipment for screening separately.

Duty Free Purchases

• Carry LAG items purchased at airport retail outlets or on board the aircraft in a Security Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB). Generally, these bags are provided by the retail outlet where the LAG is purchased.
• To avoid confiscation, the security tamper-evident bag should not be opened before going through security checkpoints. 
• If transiting between airports, do not open the bag until you pass through the final security checkpoint at your last airport of transit.
• Most retail outlets at major international airports now comply with the new regulations. However, if items purchased at other airports do not fulfil the new requirements, these may be confiscated at Abu Dhabi International Airport before departure.

What are Liquids, Aerosols and Gels?

• Water, drinks, soups, syrups, jams, stews, sauces and pastes.
• Foods in sauces or containing a high liquid content. 
• Creams, lotions, cosmetics and oils, perfumes, sprays, gels, including hair and shower gel.
• Contents of pressurized containers, including shaving foam and deodorants.
• Pastes including toothpaste, liquid-solid mixtures, mascara, lip gloss or lip balm and any item of similar consistency at room temperature.

Remember, these restrictions only apply to cabin baggage — you could still pack your liquids, aerosols and gels in your checked baggage if you wish to.

EU cabin baggage regulations

Guests travelling from or transiting through European airports are requested to kindly follow the new EU cabin baggage norms that came into effect on November 6, 2006.

These norms are applicable to cabin baggage carried by:
• Guests transiting through an EU airport 
• Guests departing from an EU airport 
• Guests travelling to/from Toronto/Brussels.

As per the new norms:
• All liquids, gels, pastes, pressurised containers must be carried in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of 1 litre.
• The contents of no container must exceed 100 millilitres.
• These items must be presented separately from other cabin baggage at security screening check points.
• Duty free products bought from non-EU duty-free shops or onboard sales will not be accepted as carry-on baggage.

Australian cabin baggage regulations

Guests travelling through Australian airports have to follow new guidelines governing hand baggage contents, particularly liquids, gels, aerosols, etc.

Please click here to know more.

Cabin baggage norms for US-bound Guests

Etihad’s Guests travelling to New York are requested to follow the new cabin baggage norms for US-bound flights:
• All liquids, gels, pastes, pressurised containers must be carried in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of 1 litre.
• The contents of no container must exceed 100 millilitres.
• These items should be presented separately from other cabin baggage at security screening check points.
• Duty-free products will be accepted only if they have been purchased at Abu Dhabi International Airport or on board the aircraft from Abu Dhabi to New York.

Infants (in any class of travel to/from US, Canada or Brazil)

Luggage checked in and stowed in the hold
Baggage weight Dimensions
One bag only, not exceeding 23 kg (50 lbs) Each item must not exceed 23kg (50lbs) and maximum total dimensions of 158 cm (for example, 50 x 70 by x 38)

Global Service Fees

Since 1st February 2011, our global contact centres and retail offices charge a global service fee for new bookings, ticket changes and refund administration.

The following price ranges are applicable for Etihad Airways global service fees:

Starting from USD10

Booking fee

USD 20 – USD 400

Change fee

USD 10 – USD 400

Refund fee

USD 10 – USD 200

No-show fee

Effective 1st June 2012, any reward booked via the Etihad Guest Service Centre will incur a global service fee of USD20 or 2000 Etihad Guest Miles. This fee is only applicable for services which can be booked online by Etihad Guest Base Members and Etihad Guest Silver Members. 

Important Notes

What else can I take on the flight for free?

The following are classified as carry-on items, and can be taken on the flight in addition to your carry-on luggage allocation. Please note these should be stowed under the seat where permitted:

• Handbag, pocket book or purse
• Overcoat, wrap or blanket
• Umbrella or walking stick
• Small camera and / or binoculars
• A reasonable amount of reading matter for the flight
• Collapsible wheelchair / crutches
• Braces or prosthetic devices (provided the guest is dependent on them)
• Briefcase or portable PC which is not being used as a container for transportation of articles, regarded as baggage - exception: laptop - not to be activated without flight crew knowledge / concurrence
• Mobile phone - exception: not to be utilized during flight.