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What can I take on the flight for free?

Baggage allowance For flights originating or arriving in the US or Canada. This section tells you what you can take onboard the aircraft free of charge for flights originating or arriving in the US or Canada, and how much it will cost to take more than your allowance.
Baggage allowance

On flights operated by American Airlines carrying four digit Etihad flight numbers, please note that a fee of US $50 will be collected for your second bag.

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Baggage allowances and charges for US and CA

First Class

 

Luggage checked in and stowed in the hold

BAGGAGE WEIGHT

BAGGAGE DIMENSIONS

AMERICAN AIRLINES CODESHARE

2 bags – maximum for each bag 32kg (70lbs) - Maximum total weight of 64kg (140lbs)

Each item must not exceed 32kg, and the dimensions 45cm x 72cm x 90cm

On flights marketed by American Airlines, please be advised that a fee of 60USD or more may be collected from you for your second (or additional) bags

Carry-on luggage

BAGGAGE WEIGHT

BAGGAGE DIMENSIONS

2 bags, total of 12kg

Each item must not exceed maximum total dimensions of 115 cm (for example, 60 x 35 x 20)

 

Business Class

 

Luggage checked in and stowed in the hold

BAGGAGE WEIGHT

BAGGAGE DIMENSIONS

AMERICAN AIRLINES CODESHARE

2 bags – maximum for each bag 32kg (70lbs) - Maximum total weight of 64kg (140lbs)

Each item must not exceed 32kg (70lbs) and maximum total dimensions of 158 cm (for example, 50 x 70 by x 38)

On flights marketed by American Airlines, please be advised that a fee of 60USD or more may be collected from you for your second (or additional) bags

Carry-on luggage

BAGGAGE WEIGHT

BAGGAGE DIMENSIONS

2 bags, total of 12kg

Each item must not exceed maximum total dimensions of 115 cm (for example, 60 x 35 x 20)

 

Economy Class

 

Luggage checked in and stowed in the hold

BAGGAGE WEIGHT

BAGGAGE DIMENSIONS

AMERICAN AIRLINES CODESHARE

2 bags – maximum for each bag 23kg (50lbs) - Maximum total weight of 46kg (100lbs)

Each item must not exceed 23kg (50lbs) and maximum total dimensions of 158 cm (for example, 50 x 70 by x 38)

On flights marketed by American Airlines, please be advised that a fee of 60USD or more may be collected from you for your second (or additional) bags

Carry-on luggage

BAGGAGE WEIGHT

BAGGAGE DIMENSIONS

2 bags, total of 7kg

Each item must not exceed maximum total dimensions of 115 cm (for example, 60 x 35 x 20)

Cabin baggage regulations

New cabin baggage guidelines at UAE airports

Guests travelling or transiting through UAE airports will have to follow new hand (cabin) baggage regulations, scheduled to come into effect soon.
• Carry all liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag with a maximum capacity of 1 litre.
• Each Guest may carry only one such bag, which must be presented separately from other cabin baggage at security screening checkpoints.• The contents of no container must exceed 100 millilitres of LAGs.
• Exceptions may be made for medications, baby milk/foods and special dietary or other medical requirements.

At the Airport

• Present your transparent re-sealable plastic bag containing liquids, aerosols and gels separately at security checkpoints.
• Take off your jackets and/or coats and present these for screening. 
• Present laptops and other large electronic equipment for screening separately.

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.
• Most retail outlets at major international airports now comply with the new regulations. However, if items purchased at other airports do not fulfil the new requirements, these may be confiscated at Abu Dhabi International Airport before departure.

What are Liquids, Aerosols and Gels?

• 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.

Remember, these restrictions only apply to cabin baggage — you could still pack your liquids, aerosols and gels in your checked baggage if you wish to.

EU cabin baggage regulations

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

Australian cabin baggage regulations

Guests travelling through Australian airports have to follow new guidelines governing hand baggage contents, particularly liquids, gels, aerosols, etc.

Please click here to know more.

Cabin baggage norms for US-bound Guests

Etihad’s 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.
• Duty-free products will be accepted only if they have been purchased at Abu Dhabi International Airport or on board the aircraft from Abu Dhabi to New York.

Extra weight charges

What else can I take on the flight for free?

The following are classified as carry-on items, and can be taken on the flight in addition to your carry-on luggage allocation.

• Handbag, pocket book or purse
• Overcoat, wrap or blanket
• Umbrella or walking stick
• Small camera and / or binoculars
• A reasonable amount of reading matter for the flight
• Collapsible wheelchair / crutches
• Braces or prosthetic devices (provided the guest is dependent on them)
• Briefcase or portable PC which is not being used as a container for transportation of articles, regarded as baggage - exception: laptop - not to be activated without flight crew knowledge / concurrence
• Mobile phone - exception: not to be utilized during flight.

I’d like to take more than my free allocation. How much will it cost?

We understand that it’s not always easy to pack within your weight limit. For an additional charge you can increase the amount of luggage you can take on your flight. Alternatively, you can send your extra weight for a reduced cost through Crystal Cargo. 

First and Business Class extra weight charges

For USA

Add an additional bag of up to 23 kg (50 lbs.) for US $175.

Add an additional bag of up to 32 kg (70 lbs.) for US $225.

Items that are heavier than 32 kg (70 lbs.) cannot be carried on the aircraft and must be sent by Crystal cargo.

For Canada

Add an additional bag of up to 23 kg (50 lbs.) for CAD175.

Add an additional bag of up to 32 kg (70 lbs.) for CAD 225.

Items that are heavier than 32 kg (70 lbs.) cannot be carried on the aircraft and must be sent by Crystal cargo.

Economy Class extra weight charges

For USA

Increase the weight of one of your free bags from 23kg to 32kg for US $50.

Add an additional bag of up to 23 kg (50 lbs.) for US $175.

Add an additional bag of up to 32 kg (70 lbs.) for US $225.

Items that are heavier than 32 kg (70 lbs.) cannot be carried on the aircraft and must be sent by Crystal cargo.

For Canada

Increase the weight of one of your free bags from 23kg to 32kg for CAD 50.

Add an additional bag of up to 23 kg (50 lbs.) for CAD175.

Add an additional bag of up to 32 kg (70 lbs.) for CAD 225.

Items that are heavier than 32 kg (70 lbs.) cannot be carried on the aircraft and must be sent by Crystal cargo.