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Etihad hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowance

What is Etihad's luggage allowance and how can you and avoid any last-minute hand baggage charges? Here's everything you need to know...

Etihad baggage allowance:

When it comes to checked baggage, the maximum weight and dimensions you can take on an Etihad flight varies, depending on your destination. Meanwhile, cabin baggage restrictions differ greatly depending on your fare class. Read on for information on the number of bags you are allowed on an Etihad flight, and the maximum weight and dimensions for checked bags and hand luggage.

Etihad hand luggage allowance: weight, size and fees
Etihad Cabin bag Size Etihad hand luggage weight allowance Number of bags allowed onboard
50x40x25cm maximum cabin baggage dimension 7kg maximum weight for economy class

12kg across two bags for Business Class and First class

5kg for infants
One hand luggage bag per person in Economy Class

Two hand luggage items for passengers in First Class and Business Class

One bag for infants
Etihad hold luggage allowance: weight, size and fees
Etihad hold
baggage Size
Etihad hold luggage weight allowance Number of hold
bags allowed 
50x70x38cm maximum cabin baggage dimensions in total if travelling to or from Canada and the US

45x72x90cm for all other destinations
32kg maximum weight allowance One or more, depending on fare type and destination

What additional items are permitted with your carry-on?

If you’re checking in a cabin bag, but don’t fancy packing your handbag in the pull-along, you’re in luck. Etihad allow passengers to bring on a second, smaller piece of hand luggage in addition to their main item. Here’s what they allow to be taken on for free:

  • 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
  • Infant food for the journey
  • Infant carry basket / carry cot
  • 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
  • Mobile phone

What are the baggage allowances for sports equipment and musical instruments?

If you’re a musical type, and you instrument of choice fits within the cabin baggage dimensions, you may bring it onto the cabin. This goes for violins, small flutes and harmonicas (you get the idea). Alternatively, you can check in larger musical instruments or pieces of sports equipment as part of your checked baggage, or you can cover them by purchasing additional baggage allowance. Any items must be securely packed to sustain the journey.

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Information correct as of 1st February 2017, obtained from Please always check the latest guidance at before booking a trip