What not to carry as cabin baggage on an Etihad flight

Some items may not necessarily be treated in the same manner by other airlines or at certain airports. We accept no responsibility if certain airports/airlines do not allow carriage of one or more of these items.

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The following items cannot be carried into the aircraft cabin but may be allowed as checked baggage:

Pointed weapons and sharp objects

  • 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


  • Inflated articles (inflated balls, balloons, etc. should be deflated)

Applicable to US flights only

Your electronic devices and their accessories must be charged and you may be asked to switch the device on.

Loose or spare batteries, power banks, e-cigarettes, e-pipes or other personal vaporizers must be placed into your cabin-baggage or kept in your pocket or purse – these items are not allowed in your checked baggage.

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

Flying from Australia? Please read important new restrictions on powder substances

Guests travelling from Australia will be subject to restrictions on the carriage of inorganic powder substances in the aircraft cabin.

Inorganic powder substances of 350ml/350g/12oz must be placed in your checked baggage.

Examples include salt, sand, talcum powders, powdered deodorants, foot powders, detergent powders and cleaning products.

Exempted items

  • All organic powders e.g. powdered baby formula, powdered food, coffee, protein powder, flour, spices, sugar, most cosmetics, Epsom salts
  • Powdered baby formula
  • Prescription and non-prescription medicines (including special dietary products)
  • Medical items required during the flight, accompanied by supporting evidence (e.g. valid doctor’s letter)
  • Cremated human remains
  • Duty free items in security tamper evident bags

Small vehicles and bags powered by lithium batteries

Small vehicles powered by lithium batteriesAll vehicles powered by lithium batteries are restricted for safety and security reasons. This includes all toys, semi-professional or professional items commonly referred to as Airwheels, Mini Segways, Hoverboards or Solowheels. We will not be able to accept any of these items as checked or cabin baggage at any time.

Smart bags are both check-in and carry-on bags with integrated lithium batteries, motors, power banks, GPS, GSM, Bluetooth, RFID or Wi-Fi technology.

When travelling with your smart bag, always declare this to our check-in staff.

You can travel with your single lithium battery powered smart bag, provided that:

  • Your bag is powered only by one single lithium battery, which has a watt/hour rating lower than 100Wh.
  • Smart bags powered by a single lithium battery with a watt hour rating between 100Wh-160Wh will require prior approval from our Etihad Dangerous Goods team.
  • The installed lithium battery and power bank can and will be removed by you and packed individually ensuring it is protected from possible short-circuit. You must carry this battery and power bank in your carry-on baggage or as a personal item on board. It cannot be packed in your checked baggage.
  • When you wish to use your smart bag as carry-on cabin baggage, it must fit within the allowed cabin baggage limit – both by weight and by dimensions.
  • You will not be allowed to use your smart bag as a charging device or charge your bag during the flight.

Please note that you will not be able to travel if your smart bag is powered by a lithium battery with a watt hour rating of more than 160Wh.

For your security, we cannot accept any bag, where the battery, power bank or both are an integral part of the bag and cannot be removed. We will be unable to accept your smart bag as checked-in nor as carry-on bag with the lithium battery and the power bank installed or contained within it.