Baggage policy of ETIHAD AIRWAYS with its restricted item list!

Whenever we plan a trip we are particular about everything; be that hotels, flight ticket, seat booking; almost everything. But one thing at which, we generally fail is BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE. Although we try to pack less; due to some of the reasons, we end up giving the extra money at the check-in counter. So, for your convenience, we have come up with a full baggage policy of Etihad airlines, which will help you to pack your stuff properly. Check it out!

Bags allowed in Etihad airways:

It will fully depend upon what cabin class you are flying in and where you are going to & from:

Cabin class Weight allowed
Economy Deal up to 23kg
Economy Saver & Classic up to 30kg
Economy Flex up to 35kg
Business up to 40kg
First class up to 50kg


NOTE: Each item should not weight more than 32kg. So if you’re traveling on Etihad Flex, Business or First, you will need 2 bags to avail the full allowance.

Journeys to / from US and Canada:

  • Economy Class: 2 bags, up to 23kg each
  • Business Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each
  • First Class: 2 bags, up to 32kg each

NOTE: The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg.

  • This allowance applies to all bookings made on or after 10 January 2019. Bookings made before this date are entitled to the following baggage allowance:
  • Economy Deal, Saver and Classic: 30kg
  • Economy Flex: 35kg
  • Business:40kg
  • First:50kg

Baggage for infants:

  • To/from USA and Canada: 1 bag (up to 23kg)
  • To/from all other destinations: up to 10kg

NOTE: Passengers traveling with infant or children up to 11 years old are permitted to check in one stroller, carrycot, push chair or approved car seat per infant/child as checked baggage.

Cabin baggage:

Economy Class:

  • 1 x cabin bag with a maximum weight of 7kg and maximum dimensions of (50cm x 40cm x 25cm) including wheels and handles.
  • 1 x personal item which must fit under the seat in front of you, with a maximum weight of 5kg. For example, a handbag, a laptop bag or Duty-Free purchase.
  • Infants under two years old: 1x cabin baggage with a maximum weight of 5Kg

Business & First Class:

  • 2 x cabin bags with a maximum combined weight of 12kg and maximum dimensions per bag of (50cm x 40cm x 25cm) including wheels and handles.
  • 1 x personal item with a maximum weight of 5kg. For example, a handbag, a laptop bag or Duty Free purchase.
  • Infants under two years old: 1x cabin baggage with a maximum weight of 5Kg

Standard checked baggage dimensions:

  • Maximum dimensions to / from Canada and the US: (70cm x 50cm x 38cm)
  • Maximum dimensions to / from all other destinations: (90cm x 72cm x 45cm)

Mishandled baggage:

Etihad always strive to repatriate your baggage with utmost priority.  But In rare cases, when a bag has not been repatriated to you within 21 days from reporting your delayed baggage, Baggage Claims Department will process your claim. Please return all supporting documents to Baggage Claims Department via email or post .

Sports equipment:

  • Bikes, scuba diving equipment, skis, poles and ski boots can be included as part of your baggage allowance as long as they weigh no more than 32kg and do not exceed the maximum dimensions of 300cm.
  • If you’re travelling with golf clubs, you can carry one set of clubs for free, weighing up to 15kg. This is in addition to your baggage allowance.


  • If you are travelling with your bike, please ensure it is well packed in a specialized protective case or bike box and does not exceed the maximum size or dimensions per piece.
  • Or you can 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.


  • 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.

Ski equipment:

  • 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

Scuba diving equipment:


  • 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)
  • It is recommended you to 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.
  • 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.

Animals and pets:

NOTE: Etihad does not accept pets in the aircraft cabin. Etihad Cargo team takes care of the transportation of your pets, horses and other animals.


Etihad 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.


Falcons may be carried in the cabin on Etihad aircraft, for a fee. You may also carry falcons as checked baggage.

Electronic devices:

  • Loose or spare batteries
  • Power banks
  • E-cigarettes
  • E-pipes
  • Other personal vaporizers must be placed into your cabin-baggage. 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 exceed100 Watt-hours.
  • You may carry up to 15 electronic devices (including a laptop, tablet, e-reader, and mobile phone or medical device) on your flight with us, in both your cabin and checked baggage. Any device in checked baggage must be completely switched off (i.e. not in sleep or hibernation mode).

Musical 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 can purchase an additional seat for the instrument to travel in the cabin.


  • 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.

Book excess baggage’s before you fly to save up to 20%

NOTE: You can add your extra luggage whilst you make your booking or head to my booking to pay the additional charges up to 48 hour in advanced of your trip.

  • You’ll receive a voucher once you’ve booked your extra luggage
  • Please make sure to present your baggage voucher when you check in at the airport
  • Excess baggage payments are non-refundable
  • Debit cards will not be accepted via our Contact Centers

NOTE: Save 30% when you book 5kg or 10kg of excess baggage in advance. Available between 15 April 2019 to 31 May 2019.

Oversize baggage :

Etihad, understand that sometimes you need to carry items that are larger than our checked baggage standard dimensions. If your baggage exceeds these dimensions but weighs no more than the maximum limit of 32kg, you’ll just be charged an oversized baggage fee each way of your flight:


Flights Fee
Flights within Middle East USD40
Flights between Middle East and Indian Subcontinent USD40
Flights between Beijing and Nagoya USD40
All other flights, including US and Canada USD60


NOTE: Individual items of baggage exceeding 32kg in weight, or with any single dimension longer than 300cm will not be accepted.

Prohibited items which are not to carry as cabin baggage on Etihad flight:


Pointed/sharp weapons:

  • 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

Applicable to US flights only:

  • Powder substances or granular material of 350ml/350g/12oz or greater are not allowed in cabin baggage unless listed as an exempted item. Any item exceeding the limit may be placed in checked baggage.

Exempted Items:

  • Medically prescribed powder substances including baby formula and cremated human remains provided they are sealed, not tampered and have supporting evidence
  • Duty free items in Security Tamper Evident Bags purchased at Duty Free after clearing US Customs and Border Protection in Abu Dhabi International Airport


  • Electronic cigarettes may be carried on board Etihad Airways flights, though use of the device is strictly prohibited. Smoking of any kind, including the use of lighters, matches or e-cigarettes is not allowed anywhere on board, including the toilets.

Dangerous good & restricted articles:


  • 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


  • 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


  • Ammunition
  • Blasting caps
  • Detonators and fuses
  • Explosives and explosive devices
  • Replica or imitation explosive material or devices
  • Grenades

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