Etihad Airways Baggage Policy, Reviews & Restricted Item List

When it comes to one of the world’s most ravishing airlines, passengers do take interest in its every little and minor stuff attached to it. ETIHAD is one of such airline who shows a tremendous growth in such a small time span as the airline was introduced in the year 2003. And right now it is competing with the airlines that are in the aviation industry for years.

Coming to the Etihad Airways Baggage allowance,  following are the major points in relation to the rules and restrictions, allowances and limits related to the checked-in, carry-on, special items, additional items and more.


1First ClassMaximum dimensions 115 cm (40 cm x 50 cm x 25 cm)12 kgTwo hand luggage bags per passenger, plus one small bag in First Class
2Business ClassMaximum dimensions 115 cm (40 cm x 50 cm x 25 cm)12 kgTwo hand luggage bags per passenger, plus one small bag in Business Class
3Economy ClassMaximum dimensions 115 cm (40 cm x 50 cm x 25 cm)7kgOne hand luggage bag per passenger including one small bag in Economy class


1 First Class  

Flying to/from Brazil, Canada, and the US: 158cm (50 x 70 x 38cm)


Flying to/from other routes: 207cm (45 x 72 x 90cm)

32kg in First Class on most flights 2 bags
2 Business Class 32kg in Business on most flights 2 bags
3 Economy Classic Class 2 bags
4 Economy Class 23kg in Economy on most flights 1 bag


Passengers are allowed to carry an additional item in addition to the cabin baggage. This additional personal item can be a light purse, clutch, camera-bag, food bottles for the children, a blanket and more.

As after the removal of the ban on laptops and other larger electronic items on the Etihad Airline by the US, the passenger can choose to carry this stuff either in the carry-on baggage or as a personal item and this will account as a part of cabin baggage allowance.

Electronic Devices:

Power banks and spare batteries

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

Besides that 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.

Apple MacBook Pro recall

Firstly all Apple MacBook Pro laptops are permitted as cabin baggage only and cannot be carried within your checked baggage. Furthermore, if your laptop has been recalled, it must remain powered off throughout the flight and cannot be charged on board.


You can also find out if your laptop has been affected by entering the serial number by clicking on a given link.


In case any device carried by you is damaged, hot, produces smoke, is lost or falls into the seat, please inform our cabin crew immediately. You should also not try to operate or move the seat as this can damage your device.

Items considered as Personal Items:
    • Travel accessories such as blankets, wraps, etc.
    • Infant carry basket, carry cot, etc.
    • Infant food
    • Briefcase or a wallet or purse
    • Umbrellas and walking sticks
    • Binocular


Following are the number of rules which you need to know in case you are traveling with an infant, toddler or baby on any of the Etihad flight.

  • Children, whose age is up to two years or 24 months, are not required to have their own seat and they can easily travel on an adult’s lap.
  • Passengers can only enjoy this facility with one lap child only per adult.
  • In case, an adult is traveling with more than one infant under the age of two, then an additional seat will have to be purchased by the passenger for the second infant.
  • Passengers also have the option to purchase a seat for the infant if he has the proper child restraint device.
  • A child up to two years or 24 months is generally charged 10% of an adult fare plus the taxes (on an adult’s lap).


Pointed and sharp objects Blunt instruments Dangerous goods & chemicals Weapons Explosives
Sabres, swords, and swordsticks Baseball and softball bats Acids and alkalis Pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, etc. Ammunition
Axes and hatchets Cricket bats Disabling sprays such as mace, pepper, tear gas, etc. All types of Toy Guns Blasting caps
Scissors, Knives &

Meat cleavers

Billiards, snooker and pool cues Radioactive material Harpoon and spear guns Detonators and fuses
Open razors and blades Fishing rods Poisons Lighters shaped like firearms Explosives and explosive devices
Ice axes and ice picks

Ice skates

Martial arts equipment Fire extinguishers Stun or shocking devices Replica or imitation explosive material or devices
Arrows and darts Skateboards Fireworks, flares and other pyrotechnics Crossbows Grenades


There are a number of items on which are counted as the special items, that means these are allowed to carry but passengers holding them need to follow some special regulations.

1 Small vehicles powered by lithium batteries ·         Must be powered only by one single lithium battery, rating lower than 100Wh.

·         Must be packed individually ensuring it is protected from possible short-circuit.

·         Must be fit in the allowed cabin baggage limit.

2 Musical Instruments ·         Must be fit into the dimensions permitted as cabin baggage.

·         Instruments must be safely packed.

3 Sports Equipment ·         Can carry your sporting equipment as checked baggage.

·         Must be within the limits of  maximum permitted weight or length

4 Bikes ·         Bike must be carefully packed in a specialized protective case.

·         Handlebars must be fixed sideways and tires deflated

Musical Instruments:

Small musical instruments that can be fit into our standard cabin baggage dimensions are allowed on board for free. These are considered as part of your cabin baggage allowance.

Besides that instruments that exceed the cabin baggage weight or dimensions can be carried as part of your checked baggage allowance or as excess baggage. You may also purchase an additional seat to carry larger instruments inside the cabin.

If there is any kind of musical instrument in checked baggage, it must be safely packed, weigh no more than 32kg and not exceed the maximum dimension of 300cm.

Medical Instruments:

If you have a wheelchair, medical-related equipment or other assistive devices or mobility aids, please click here for medical assistance page.

But you can use and carry a walking stick, collapsible crutches, prosthetic aids or braces in addition to your standard cabin allowance.


Pets are not permitted in Etihad aircraft cabins. But Etihad Cargo team can take care of the transportation of your pets, horses and other animals.

Service 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 also vary. It depends 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 to travel for a fee on all Etihad aircraft, either on board, as checked baggage or as manifested cargo. In First or Business you’re permitted to carry two falcons per seat, and in Economy, one falcon per seat. To avoid any delays at the airport, please make sure that you have the correct permits and documentation for your falcon to travel.

How much does it cost to travel with a falcon?

All cabins:

To / from USA and Canada: USD 360

Short haul: USD 180

Medium haul: USD 250

Long haul: USD 320

Ultra-long haul: USD 390

Click here  to know more.

Etihad Airways Reviews:

Divina Porlares:

I flew from Manila to Brussels via Abu Dhabi. The flight crews are more attentive and smiling in providing quality service to passengers. I had a combination flight of Business (Manila to Abu Dhabi) then Economy (Abu Dhabi to Brussels). In both flights, service was almost impeccable. There was also an impressive and much-welcomed amelioration in the lounge for Gold members who can now access more exclusive lounges: if flying from Terminal 1, it is now the one beside the Al Reem, which is much cozier than the latter and the food choices are aplenty. If flying from Terminal 3, Gold members are allowed at the Business Class Lounge. Before, I would only have access to this lounge when I flew business. Now, on economy flights, Gold members are welcomed here. The only area that still needs improvements is the ground crews in Brussels. You hardly find anyone friendly here in the past but maybe now, I probably was just unlucky to be attended by someone new. Nothing of what I requested was arranged and he was not aware of the protocol for Etihad frequent flyer members. But the one whom he consulted was already much better when he assisted, much better than the usual stuff you find in the Etihad Brussels counters. I just booked my children’s flights with Etihad for January!

Eric Jelenje:

I traveled from Nairobi to Manchester via Abu Dhabi. The service was quite good, particularly on the NBO – AUH leg and seats were fairly comfortable. I thought the IFE was a bit limited in choice but I was still able to find something to watch. The seats on the Boeing 777 are quite tight but I was fortunate that the plane wasn’t full and I was able to have the entire row to myself. For both legs the food was OK and the cabin crew was always handing to provide assistance. Overall a satisfactory experience and I would fly with Etihad again.

Laurent Charpentier:

I flew from Abu Dhabi to Paris. The aircraft took off 5 minutes before scheduled and arrived 25 minutes before scheduled landing time. So, I got enough time for transit in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Very good in-flight entertainment system should be turned on from embarkation to disembarkation. In-flight meals should have been served in accordance with landing area local time, and not 1 hour after takeoff.


1.> What is the baggage limit for Etihad Airways?

Ans:- Two pieces
Baggage Allowance: Two pieces. Maximum weight: 66 lb/30 kg. Maximum dimensions: 17 in x 28 in x 35 in / 45 cm x 72 cm x 90 cm.
2.> Is food allowed in hand luggage Etihad?


Passengers are allowed to carry an additional item in addition to the cabin baggage. This additional personal item can be a light purse, clutch, camera-bag, food bottles for the children, a blanket and more.


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