Use our calculator to work out your checked baggage and cabin baggage allowance. Due to government restrictions across our network, you will be required to check in your cabin baggage before you fly. You will only be permitted to carry a personal item on board, such as a handbag, backpack or laptop bag. This can weigh up to 5kg.
You can split your checked baggage allowance over multiple items and check in as many bags as you like within that allowance.
If your journey starts or ends in the US, or if you're travelling with any of our partner airlines, different baggage rules may apply. Always check your booking confirmation before your flight.
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If you’re travelling to or from the US and Canada, infants are permitted to take one bag weighing up to 23kg. On all other routes, infants are permitted to take one bag weighing up to 10kg.
If your child is booked on a children’s fare, normal baggage rules apply. You can use our baggage calculator to understand how much you can carry.
If you are travelling with infants and children, you can also carry one pushchair, or one carrycot or one car seat for free, in addition to their checked baggage.
We’ve made flying with golf clubs and other sport equipment simple with our flexible baggage policy. Most sports equipment can be included as part of your baggage allowance, and if you’re flying with golf clubs, you can take one golf bag for free, in addition to your checked baggage allowance.
Power banks and 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.
For your safety, the use of power banks on board any of our aircraft is strictly prohibited. This includes charging the power bank on board or using it to charge a device.
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.
You can carry a TV as part of your checked baggage allowance. You will be charged an oversized baggage fee if the TV dimensions are 32 inches or above for flights to or from the US and Canada, or 40 inches or above for flights to or from all other destinations.
You can carry your drone as part of your cabin baggage allowance, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
You are permitted to carry two spare lithium batteries as part of your cabin baggage allowance, with a power rating of 100Wh or less
Apple MacBook Pro recall
Following a safety recall of certain models, all Apple MacBook Pro laptops are only permitted as cabin baggage and cannot be carried within your checked baggage. If your laptop has been recalled, it must remain powered off throughout the flight and cannot be charged on board.
Find out if your laptop has been affected by entering the serial number here.
If any device you are carrying is damaged, hot, produces smoke, is lost or falls into the seat, please inform our cabin crew immediately. Do not try to operate or move the seat as this may damage your device.
Small musical instruments that fit within our standard cabin baggage dimensions are permitted on board for free, as part of your cabin baggage allowance.
Instruments that exceed the cabin baggage weight or dimensions can be carried as part of your checked baggage allowance or as extra baggage. You may also purchase an additional seat to carry larger instruments inside the cabin.
If you’re carrying a musical instrument as checked baggage, it must be safely packed, weigh no more than 32kg and not exceed the maximum dimension of 300cm.
If you are travelling with a wheelchair, medical-related equipment or other assistive devices or mobility aids, please check our medical assistance page.
You may use and carry a walking stick, collapsible crutches, prosthetic aids or braces in addition to your standard cabin allowance. Please ensure you advise us of any special service requests at least 24 hours before your flight.
Pets are not permitted in our aircraft cabins. Our Etihad Cargo team can take care of the transportation of your pets, horses and other animals.
Guide dogs and service animals are permitted in the cargo hold for free as part of your checked baggage allowance. All other pets must be transported as manifested cargo. Regulations may vary depending on where you are flying from, so it’s always better to check well in advance. To avoid any delays at the airport, please make sure that you have the correct permits and documentation for your pet to travel.
Falcons are permitted on board for free as part of your cabin baggage allowance. You can also transport your falcon as checked baggage. This costs USD 500 per cage.
In First or Business you’re permitted to carry two falcons per person, or three falcons per additional seat. In Economy, you’re permitted to carry one falcon per person, or two falcons per additional seat. To avoid any delays at the airport, please make sure that you have the correct permits and documentation for your falcon to travel.
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You can book extra baggage quickly and easily online up to 4 hours before your flight. Visit Manage my booking and get up to 30% off our standard rates. You can also add extra baggage when you check in online, available up to 1 hour before your flight. Alternatively, you can pay for extra baggage when you check in at the airport. All extra baggage payments are non-refundable.
If you’re flying to or from the US or Canada, you can only book one extra bag of up to 23kg online. If you need to take even more baggage, you can pay to take up to 32kg by phoning our Contact Centre 48 hours before your flight to receive a 10% discount. Alternatively, pay for your extra baggage at the airport.
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Your baggage allowance may differ on flights operated by our partner airlines. Your ticket will have full details of baggage allowance for each part of your journey.
Not always. You may need to pick up your bag and check it in again, depending on the route and country you are travelling through. Your agent can confirm when you check in at the airport.
Please let us know that your baggage has not arrived before you leave the airport. We’ll give you a Property Irregularity Report (PIR), which you’ll need to track your bags, to organise a delivery or to make a claim in the future.
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You can carry up to 5 litres of Zamzam water for free in addition to your checked baggage allowance. It must be safely packed and labelled in a sealed plastic container, covered by a protective cardboard box. These are widely available at pilgrimage sites. You may also carry up to 100ml of Zamzam water within your cabin baggage. It must be carried in a transparent, re-sealable plastic container or bag. It is not possible to pay to carry more Zamzam water as extra baggage.
Yes! You can carry a TV as part of your checked bagage. You will only be charged an oversized baggage fee if your TV is 32 inches or above for flights to or from the US and Canada, or 40 inches or above for flights to or from all other destinations.
We recommend that you carry your wedding dress as part of your cabin baggage. You can do this for free as long as you stay within your cabin baggage allowance and our maximum cabin baggage dimensions. Otherwise, you can pack your wedding outfit as part of your checked baggage allowance.
On long haul flights, ask your cabin crew if there’s space to hang your wedding dress and they’ll do their best to help. We have very limited hanging space on board, so we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to hang your dress before your flight.
If your trip starts or ends in the US, the first airline you fly with will determine the baggage rules that apply for your entire trip; either their own baggage policy or that of the Most Significant Carrier – this is usually the airline operating the longest part of the journey. For instance, if you are flying with Airline X from the US to Abu Dhabi, and from Abu Dhabi to another destination with Etihad Airways, Airline X will determine your baggage allowance and rules.
This is in accordance with the US Department of Transportation's regulations. If you have booked all segments of your journey on the same ticket, you’ll find your baggage allowance clearly outlined in your booking confirmation.
You can check in as many bags as you like as long the total weight is within your baggage allowance. Use our calculator to work out the checked baggage allowance for your flight.