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Information on special baggage and equipment

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Baggage at the airport

Sports equipment

Travelling with sport equipment? Good news! Certain items are exempt from the oversized baggage fee.

However the total weight must fall within the checked baggage allowance stated on your ticket (bags and sporting equipment combined) otherwise you may be charged excess baggage fees. 

This applies to:

  • Golf clubs
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • Skis, poles and ski boots
  • Bikes

Oversized items must not have any dimensions which exceed 300cm.

Any items not covered by the above categories remain subject to the oversized baggage fee. 

Some sporting equipment may be restricted for safety and security reasons. This includes any sporting weapons, archery equipment, harpoons or javelins. If the equipment you want to take isn’t listed, contact us to find out if it can be carried. 

A set of golf equipment includes one golf bag containing golf clubs. If you carry a golf umbrella separately, this will count as an additional item and you will need to purchase the applicable additional baggage if the total free allowance is exceeded.

Man playing golf

A set of diving equipment includes:

  • scuba regulator
  • tank harness
  • tank pressure gauge (pressure-sensitive devices may need special packaging: the manufacturer will be able to highlight any specific packing requirements)
  • face mask & fins & snorkel
  • buoyancy control device (BCD)
  • weight belt
  • cylinder tank (must be empty and presented at check-in for inspection)

To protect your health and safety when diving and travelling, we recommend you pack your diving equipment in special – preferably hard-shell or padded - cases, with a “TSA lock” allowing security inspection. Don’t forget to dry your items.  We cannot accept liability for any malfunction of your diving equipment as a result of air travel.

  • Spear guns and harpoons are classified as sporting weapons and cannot be carried as checked or cabin baggage without specific approvals. You will need to obtain respective permits from all countries relating to your journey and transit at least seven days before your journey.
Scuba diving

Snow ski equipment includes:

  • one pair of skis, one pair of ski poles and one pair of ski boots, or
  • one snow board and one pair of boots

Water ski equipment includes:

  • one pair of standard water skis, or
  • one slalom water ski
man skiing

You must take these precautions when transporting surfboards:

  • Fins should always be removed, or, if they cannot be removed, should be firmly packed with polystyrene foam.
  • Both nose and tail should have bubble-wrap or neoprene foam attached for protection.
  • The rails (sides of the board) should have cardboard down the sides to absorb shock.
  • The board should be packed in a properly padded surf-bag.
surfboarding

If you are travelling with your bike, please ensure it is well packed and does not exceed the maximum size or dimensions per piece.

Make sure your bike is carefully packed in a  specialised protective case or bike box, (available from many bike-retailers). Before you travel –and unless the instructions for your protective case state otherwise– please remove or fix the pedals inwards; the handlebars must be fixed sideways and tyres deflated to reduce the risk of damage.

You can carry your bike as part of your checked baggage allowance mentioned on your ticket. However, if you need to carry additional parts (a spare tyre, for example) you may be required to buy additional baggage. 

Man riding a bike

Animals and pets

Etihad does not accept pets in the aircraft cabin. Our Etihad Cargo team can take care of the transportation of your pets, horses and other animals. For more information, contact us.

For the safety and wellbeing of your pets, we do not accept animals in our aircraft cabin. Our Etihad Cargo team can take care of the transportation of your pets, horses and other animals. For more information, contact us.

Guide dogs

Service Animals

We accept Guide dogs as checked baggage in the cargo hold free of charge on any route, subject to origin/transfer/destination regulations and documentation requirements. To ensure a smooth travel process, please obtain all necessary documentation and permits before you travel. 

Man with a falcon

Falcons

Falcons may be carried in the cabin on Etihad aircraft, for a fee.

You may also carry falcons as checked baggage. To ensure an efficient travel process, please obtain all necessary documents and permits in advance.

  • For countries known to prohibit the import/export of animals and birds as checked baggage, please contact the Embassy concerned.
  • All animals and birds should travel as manifested cargo via countries that do not allow the importation of animals as checked baggage.
  • These animals must be cleared at the cargo terminal upon arrival where they will be examined by local veterinarian after producing the relevant import and health certificates.

Instruments and equipments

Music instruments

Musical instruments, which fit into the dimensions permitted as cabin baggage (such as small flutes or violins), can be transported as part of your cabin baggage allowance.

If the instrument (such as bass or cello) does not fit into the overhead bin or exceeds standard cabin baggage dimensions or weight , you may purchase an additional seat for the instrument to travel in the cabin.

Please make prior arrangements through our contact centre. Alternatively, you may check in your musical instruments as part of your checked baggage allowance or purchase an additional excess baggage allowance. Your musical instruments must be safely packed to sustain the travel.

Film equipment

Cameras, film, lighting and sound equipment may be accepted as checked baggage. If in excess of checked baggage allowance, you will be charged the applicable excess baggage rate.

Due to their bulky nature, please be aware of our standard baggage dimensions and oversized fees.

wheelchair passenger at the airport

If you are travelling with your wheelchair, medical-related equipment or other assistive devices or mobility aids, please check our medical information page.

You may use and carry your walking stick, collapsible crutches, prosthetic aids or braces in addition to your standard cabin allowance. If you are reliant on these items.

Please ensure you advise us of any special service requests, such as wheelchair assistance.

If you are travelling with your wheelchair, medical-related equipment and other assistive devices or mobility aids, please see our medical information page.

You may use and carry your walking stick, collapsible crutches, prosthetic aids or braces in addition to your standard cabin allowance, if you are reliant on these items.

Please ensure you advise us of any special service requests, such as wheelchair assistance.

Electronic decvices

Electronic devices allowance

Power Banks, Spare Batteries

Loose or spare batteries, power banks, e-cigarettes, e-pipes and other personal vaporisers must be placed into your cabin-baggage or kept in your pocket or purse, individually protected. For safety reasons, these items are strictly not allowed in your checked baggage.

You are allowed to carry a maximum of 10 loose or spare batteries, including power banks.

For your electronic devices or spare batteries, the output of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries must not exceed 100 Watt-hours; the metal content in Lithium-metal batteries must not exceed 2 grams. 

Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs)

You may carry up to 15 electronic devices(including a laptop, tablet, e-reader, mobile phone or medical device) on your flight with us, in both your cabin or checked baggage. Any device in checked baggage must be completely switched off (i.e. not in sleep or hibernation mode) and protected from damage.