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Baggage rules and restrictions

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Personal Items  

In addition to your cabin baggage, you may carry one personal item only. A personal item is typically a light purse, clutch, camera-bag, stuffed toy or food bottles for your children, or a blanket.

Your laptop shall be placed either in your carry-on baggage or personal item and will account as part of your cabin baggage allowance.  When travelling with your camera bag, the bag should only  contain your camera with a lens and required accessories - such as a charger. For security purposes, your camera bag should  not contain any other items (e.g. spare set of clothing, food items or other personal items) and must not exceed 5 kg.

Examples of other items considered as Personal Items:

  • Travel accessories (such as blankets, wraps and leg-rests)
  • Infant carry basket, carry cot or seat-booster
  • Infant food and toiletries
  • Document holder or briefcase
  • Umbrellas or walking sticks  
  • Binoculars

Medical Aids and Prosthetic Devices
If you are reliant on a prosthetic device or medical aids, such as a walking stick, collapsible crutches or braces, you can carry these items free of charge in addition to your cabin baggage and approved personal item.

Overview

All about your carry-on, cabin, checked and cargo baggage

Information on this page:
Carry-on items
LAGs and restrictions
Pets and animals
Sports equipment
Musical instrument
Bulky equipments
Travel tips

LAGS (Liquid, Aerosols and Gels)

These items are classified as LAGS:

  • 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

Zamzam water
You can carry up to 5 litres of suitably packed Zamzam water as checked baggage in addition to your applicable baggage (piece or weight) allowance. It must be safely packed and labelled in a sealed plastic container, covered by a protective cardboard box, widely available at pilgrimage sites.

If you wish to carry Zamzam water as hand baggage, a maximum of 100ml is allowed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic container or bag.

LAGS (Liquid, Aerosols and Gels)

Airports have different security restrictions which limit the quantity of LAGs you can carry. Please be familiar with the regulations of the airports in your itinerary. 

Restrictions only apply to cabin baggage. You can still pack your liquids, aerosols and gels in your checked baggage if you wish to.

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.

Airport Regulations:

UAE 

Guests travelling or transiting through UAE airports will have to follow the following regulations:
  • Carry all LAGs in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of 1 litre.
  • The contents of each container must not exceed 100ml.
  • Each Guest may carry only one such bag, which must be presented separately from other cabin baggage at security screening checkpoints.
  • Exceptions may be made for medications, baby milk/foods and special dietary or other medical requirements.
  • Most Duty Free shops at major international airports now comply with new regulations. However, if items purchased at other airports do not fulfill the new requirements, your purchase may be confiscated at Abu Dhabi International Airport before departure.
  • At the Airport, take off your jackets and/or coats and present these for screening.
  • Present laptops and other large electronic equipment for screening separately.

Europe

Guests travelling from or transiting through European airports are requested to 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 100ml.
  • 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.

Australia

The Australian Government has implemented security restrictions which limit the quantity of LAGs that passengers may take on-board the aircraft for flights to Australia. These restrictions do not apply to checked-in baggage.

In general, the only LAGs that are allowed in a passenger's carry-on baggage are:

  • LAGs in containers of 100 milliliters or less, in one transparent re-sealable bag. The four sides of the re-sealable area should not add up to more than 80cm (e.g. 20x20cm or 15x25cm).
  • Passengers are not permitted to have LAGs in their carry-on baggage in excess of these restrictions.

If you are on a connecting flight to Australia via Abu Dhabi, and have LAGs as carry-on baggage in excess of the permitted quantities, they may be confiscated by the Abu Dhabi Airport Authorities during security checks at the transfer point or boarding gate.

To avoid disappointment, it is recommended that Duty Free LAGs in excess of the approved quantities are purchased on board the aircraft during your flight from Abu Dhabi to Australia.

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USA

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.

Electronic devices to US, UK and Canada

Electronic devices to US, UK and Canada

Following a directive from US authorities, guests travelling to the United States from Abu Dhabi International Airport are not permitted to carry 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 before you fly.

E-cigarettes, e-pipes or other personal vaporizers (no larger than 16cmx9.3cmx1.5cm) must be placed into your cabin-baggage or kept in your pocket or purse, as these items are not allowed in your checked baggage. 

Animals and pets

For the safety and wellbeing of your pets, we do not accept animals – other than guide dogs (for flights from Abu Dhabi to the USA and vice versa only) - on to 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

Guide dogs
Guide dogs are permitted in the aircraft cabin on our flights from Abu Dhabi to the USA and vice versa only. We will also accept guide dogs into our air-conditioned hold as checked baggage without any charge. To ensure an efficient travel process, please, obtain all necessary documents and permits in advance. 

Pet passport

Falcons
We’ve simplified the process for carrying falcons in the main aircraft cabin including new pricing.

You can 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

Guitar

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.

In case the instrument (such as bass or cello) does not fit into the overhead bin or exceeds dimensions or weight of the cabin baggage, you may purchase an additional seat. Please, make prior arrangements with your station of departure. 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, we advise you to make prior arrangements with the station of departure.

wheelchair passenger at the airport

In case you need to travel with your wheelchair, medical-related equipment and other assistive devices or mobility aids, go to our medical information page.

You can 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.

Small vehicles and bags powered by lithium batteries

Small vehicles powered by lithium batteries

All vehicles powered by lithium batteries are restricted for safety and security reasons. This includes all toys, semi-professional or professional items commonly referred to as Airwheels, Mini Segways, Hoverboards or Solowheels. We will not be able to accept any of these items as checked or cabin baggage at any time. 

Smart bags are both check-in and carry-on bags with integrated lithium batteries, motors, power banks, GPS, GSM, Bluetooth, RFID or Wi-Fi technology.

When travelling with your smart bag, always declare this to our check-in staff.

You can travel with your single lithium battery powered smart bag, provided that: 

  • Your bag is powered only by one single lithium battery, which has a watt/hour rating lower than 100Wh.
  • Smart bags powered by a single lithium battery with a watt hour rating between 100Wh-160Wh will require prior approval from our Etihad Dangerous Goods team.
  • The installed lithium battery and power bank can and will be removed by you and packed individually ensuring it is protected from possible short-circuit. You must carry this battery and power bank in your carry-on baggage or as a personal item on board. It cannot be packed in your checked baggage.
  • When you wish to use your smart bag as carry-on cabin baggage, it must fit within the allowed cabin baggage limit - both by weight and by dimensions.
  • You will not be allowed to use your smart bag as a charging device or charge your bag during the flight. 

Please note that you will not be able to travel if your smart bag is powered by a lithium battery with a watt hour rating of more than 160Wh.

For your security, we cannot accept any bag, where the battery, power bank or both are an integral part of the bag and cannot be removed. We will be unable to accept your smart bag as checked-in nor as carry-on bag with the lithium battery and the power bank installed or contained within it.

Sports equipment

If your ticket was issued on or after 1 June 2017, you can carry your sporting equipment as checked baggage, if it fits into your checked baggage allowance mentioned on your ticket. You can also purchase additional baggage allowance for any sporting equipment that exceeds this allowance. Remember to pack your equipment securely and protect it well.

If your equipment exceeds the maximum permitted weight or length – such as kayaks, poles or surfboards over three meters, you can book and ship these items with help of our Etihad Cargo teams.

Connecting to other airlines or through other airports

Etihad baggage allowances are valid only on Etihad Airways operated flights and for your journeys through Abu Dhabi International Airport. Items that have been approved by us may not be classed as acceptable by other airlines or airports. Please, always check with connecting carriers, if they can accept your items and if any additional charges will apply. We cannot accept any responsibility if your sports equipment cannot be carried on other airlines or through other airports. 

Sporting Weapons

All sporting weapons including air-rifles, pistols, paintball weapons, ammunition including air-rifle and  paintball pellets, military replicas, swords, harpoons and other items, which can be classified as weapons, must not be carried as checked or cabin baggage. Our team from Etihad Cargo can assist with shipping these items. Remember you need to obtain all necessary approvals and permits at least seven days before your travel. 

Here are the special allowances we offer:

If your ticket was issued on or after 1 June 2017, you can carry golf equipment as part of your checked baggage allowance.  If your golf equipment means additional baggage piece or weight – for example, your allowance is two bags at 23kg and your golf clubs are packed in a third bag, then you will need to purchase an additional baggage.

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

For tickets issued prior to 1 June 2017, golf equipment is accepted free of charge in addition to your checked baggage allowance. This means that you can carry one set of golf equipment, weighing a maximum of 15kg, as checked baggage.

Golf ball and club

If your ticket was issued on or after 1 June 2017, you can carry scuba diving equipment as part of your checked baggage allowance.

If your diving equipment means additional luggage piece or weight – for example, your allowance is two bags at 23kg and your diving equipment is packed in a third bag, then you will need to purchase additional baggage.

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.

For tickets issued before  1 June 2017, scuba diving equipment is accepted free of charge in addition to your checked baggage allowance. This means that you can carry one set of scuba diving equipment, weighing a maximum of 15kg, as checked baggage.

Scuba equipment

You can carry ski equipment as part of your normal checked baggage allowance. Bags weighing more than the checked baggage allowance will incur excess baggage charges.

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
Checked baggage area at the airport

You can carry a surfboard, with a maximum length of 3m as part of your checked baggage allowance.

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.

Note: For flights from Nagoya, the maximum length acceptable is 150cm.

Surf boards

Planning an active holiday and would like to take your bike with you?

Feel free to take your non-motorised bike to your destination, as long as it’s 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, (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. 

Checked baggage area at the airport

We will accept most sporting equipment including skateboards, cricket and rugby kits. They need to be safely packed and within the maximum permitted size and weight for baggage allowance.

Our Etihad Cargo team will be able to ship your larger sporting equipment, such as vaulting poles, canoes, kayaks or surfboards exceeding three metres. Ensure you book your cargo in good time for your journey, as this may require specific arrangements.

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.

You can carry your sporting equipment as part of your checked baggage allowance mentioned on your ticket.

If your sporting equipment exceeds your baggage allowance, you will need to buy additional baggage. 

Different sports gear

Hints and tips

Baggage tips for a good travel

  • Pack light.
    You will enjoy your journey more if you have fewer bags to keep track of and lighter bags to carry around.
  • Remove old tags.
    Old airline tags on your bags may cause confusion.
  • Label your baggage.
    Put your name and contact details for both ends of your journey. Place a copy of this information inside your bags as well. Should your luggage get misplaced, this information will assist us in tracing it faster.
  • Mark your baggage.
    If you think you will have trouble identifying your baggage on the carousel, mark your baggage with a colourful tag or a bright label that will help you spot your bags easily.
  • Lock your bags.
    Always lock your checked baggage. Keep the keys handy in case airport security personnel need to go through your bags.
  • Secure your bags.
    Secure protruding handles and loose straps on your baggage.
  • Keep watch.
    Never leave your baggage unattended and never carry a package or bag for another person.
  • Prepare your medicines.
    If you need to carry medication, keep them in your hand luggage. Keep medicines in their original packets or containers and carry your prescription with you.
  • Report issues immediately.
    Report any missing, delayed or damaged items before you leave the airport.