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If you are going to be flying Etihad Airways, they have very specific guidelines for carry-on sizes, liquids, and other unique items that you may want to bring on board.
In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about Etihad’s cabin baggage allowance. This includes Etihad carry-on size and weight limits, personal items, liquids, pets, prohibited items, and other rules and restrictions you should know before boarding your flight.
Etihad Carry-On Size and Weight Limits
Etihad Airways allows one personal item onboard at no charge, but they charge for both carry-on and checked bags. The personal item must fit under the seat in front of you, and the carry-on bag must be stowed in the overhead bin or it will have to be checked.
Etihad Carry-On Size (Dimensions)
Etihad size requirements for a carry-on are:
- Cabin baggage – Max dimensions 56 x 36 x 23cm (22 x 14.2 x 9 inches). Max weight 7 kg
- Personal Items – Max dimensions 39 x 23 x 19cm (15.3 x 9 x 7.5 inches). Max weight 5 kg
If you aren’t sure what size your carry-on is, Etihad provides “bag sizers” at their ticketing counters.
If the bag is too big or too heavy, you’re going to have to pay a fee, so it’s always better to know your bag size and the limitations in advance.
Etihad Personal Item Size
Personal items include a purse, briefcase, laptop, backpack, shopping bag, or a similar-sized item. Your personal item must fit under the seat in front of you and weigh up to 5kg.
Etihad Carry-On Weight Limit
Etihad requires carry-on bags to weigh less than 7 kg (15.5 lbs.) and personal items to weigh less than 5 kg (11 lbs). However, they don’t weigh your carry-on items prior to boarding, so you’re generally not going to have a problem if it’s too heavy. The weight issue applies to check baggage more than carry-on bags since they weigh your checked bags when you check in for your flight.
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If you’re flying to or from the U.S. on Etihad, please keep in mind:
- All electronic devices and accessories must be charged and you may be asked to switch them on to prove this
- Loose or spare batteries, power banks, e-cigarettes, e-pipes, or other personal vaporizers may only be carried in your cabin baggage and are not permitted in checked baggage
- Powder substances or granular materials weighing 350ml/350g/12oz or greater are not permitted in your cabin baggage and must be placed in your checked baggage
Medically-prescribed powder substances, including baby formula and cremated human remains are exempt from these regulations provided that they are sealed, not tampered with and have supporting evidence. Duty-Free items contained in Security Tamper Evident Bags are also exempt as long as they have been purchased after clearing US Customs and Border Protection in Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Etihad Airways Liquids Allowance
The rules for carry-on liquids are set by the TSA, EASA, and FAA. Etihad doesn’t have its own specific Liquids Policy, they just enforce the rules and policies of the Authorities.
- Containers with liquids and gel-like substances may hold up to 100 ml (maximum capacity must be printed on the container).
- All containers must be carried in a plastic bag (transparent, resealable, max. capacity of 1 liter). One bag per person.
- The bag must be presented separately at security. Take your liquids out of your carry-on baggage at the security screening point and present them separately. In exceptional cases, liquids may be opened in the course of security checks and removed from their outer packaging.
- Liquid duty-free goods purchased at an international airport or on board an aircraft outside the EU must be transported in a tamper-proof, certified bag on connecting flights via an EU airport. The proof of purchase must be inside the bag and the bag must be sealed by the retailer.
- Medicine and special food (e.g. baby food) can be carried outside the plastic bag and must also be presented at security.
Below is a table that provides some examples of Non-solid Food and Personal Items that are considered “liquids”:
|Beverages||Jelly||Spray Paint||Hair Gel|
|Shampoo||Pudding||Deodorant Spray||Shower Gel|
|Conditioner||Yogurt||Insect Repellent||Hand Sanitizer|
|Toothpaste||Gelatin||Cooking Spray||Gel Deodorant|
|Mouthwash||Peanut Butter||Spray Lubricant|
|Liquid soap||Cheese Spread||Hairspray|
|Contact Lens Solution||Maple Syrup||Shaving Cream|
Carry-On Pet Policy
Similar to Emirates, Etihad Airways does not allow passengers to travel with any kind of pets in the passenger cabin or as checked baggage. In accordance with the regulations of the United Arab Emirates government, all animals must enter the UAE as manifested cargo.
Here is a link to Etihad’s guide on transporting live animals.
Prohibited Items on Etihad Flights
Dangerous goods are prohibited from both your carry-on and checked bags on all flights. Rules and regulations for hazardous items may vary for different airlines or destinations. It is your responsibility to be aware before your flight.
Items considered “dangerous goods” are prohibited under Etihad’s carry-on policy and include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Firearms and ammunition
- Stunning devices, mace, tear gas, and pepper spray
- Poisonous and infectious substances
- Sharp objects, such as knifes, hatches, etc.
- Flammable liquids, including gasoline and kerosene
One more way to find them is with the Etihad summary of dangerous goods.
Etihad Airways Carry-On Size and Fees
Etihad does not charge a fee for carry-on baggage that meets their size requirements. If your bag is too large and doesn’t meet Etihad’s carry-on restrictions, you may be charged a fee to gate-check it.
Here is a link to the Etihad Airways Carry-On page to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.