Free baggage allowance

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Please note that for journeys involving the US or if you're traveling with partner airlines, specific baggage rules may apply. Always refer to your booking confirmation for the most up-to-date information

Planning a trip with Ethiopian Airlines? Our guide simplifies the baggage allowance rules, making it easy for you to understand the weight and size limits for checked baggage. You'll also find useful tips for packing irregularly shaped items. Discover exclusive benefits for Sheba Miles Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Blue members.

Baggage calculator

Take the stress out of packing with our convenient Baggage Allowance Calculator. Easily calculate your checked baggage and cabin baggage allowances by entering your travel details. Plan your packing accordingly and ensure you stay within the permitted weight and size limits.

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Checked baggage

Get familiar with Ethiopian Airlines' checked baggage rules for a stress-free journey. Maximum total size: 62 inches (158 cm), including handles and wheels. Maximum weight: 50 lbs (23 kg) need to be 70lbs(32kg). Learn about odd-sized items and find helpful information on handling them. Travel with confidence using our comprehensive guide.

Carry-on baggage

Travel light with Ethiopian Airlines' carry-on guidelines. Enjoy hassle-free boarding with our generous allowance. Economy: 1 piece, 7kg. Business: 2 pieces, 7kg each. Remember, your carry-on should not be treated as checked baggage. Ensure compliance with our dimensions: 21.6x15.7x7.8 inches (55cmx40cmx20cm) and weight limit: 22 lbs (10kg) including personal use items. Experience effortless travel with Ethiopian Airlines' carry-on policy.

Personal item

Travel comfortably with Ethiopian Airlines' personal item policy. In addition to your carry-on, you're allowed a personal item on board. Ensure easy access to your essentials. The dimensions should fit comfortably under the seat. Enjoy a stress-free journey with Ethiopian Airlines' generous personal item allowance.
Traveling with extra baggage? Ethiopian Airlines has you covered. Explore our options for additional baggage allowance and ensure a seamless journey. Click to learn more and pack without limits!
Extra baggage
Traveling with extra baggage? Ethiopian Airlines has you covered. Explore our options for additional baggage allowance and ensure a seamless journey. Click to learn more and pack without limits!
Extra baggage

  1. What are the safety concerns for cabin baggage?

Passengers are not allowed to carry the following items in their hand baggage for passengers’ safety and security reasons. To minimize inconvenience, you are advised to check in or put these items in your checked baggage instead:


Please note that these items will be retrieved at the boarding gate by the local authorities and depending on local rules and regulations, the items may not be returned to you.

  1. What are the rules and charges for travelling with animals?

Ethiopian shall accept only Dog or Cat into the cabin with limited number per compartment (2 in economy class and 1 in business class) with a box measuring dimensions not more than 55x40x20cms and does not exceed 8kgs including transport container, otherwise it should be loaded in belly.

  1. Is baggage transferred when I’m on connecting Ethiopian airlines flights?

Yes, Ethiopian receives connecting passenger’s baggage from other airlines. If luggage of connecting passenger is not submitted by the delivering carrier such connecting passenger should be informed using a slip prepared for this purpose that their luggage is not delivered to Ethiopian and hence not to expect at final destination.

  1. Can I carry firearms, weapons, and ammunition in my baggage?

Ammunition, firearms, sharp knives and/or other security-restricted items belonging to passengers shall not be carried inside cabin and/or flight deck (cockpit), and passengers must declare such items at the time of check-in. All ammunition shall be carried in the aircraft hold as checked baggage only and with approval of concerned Security Authorities.

 1. What is the free baggage allowance for my flight?

If you are traveling in Economy class piece system 2 pieces 23kg each and C-9 3pieces 23kg each or 2 pieces 32kg each.

Note that some weight system depends on the routes where you are traveling.

2. How much weight can I carry for my checked baggage?

It depends on the route and class if you are traveling in Economy class piece system 2 pieces 23kg each and C-9 3pieces 23kg each or 2 pieces 32kg each.

 3. What are the dimensions allowed for my carry-on luggage?

 (55cmx40cmx20cm)

4. Can I bring additional items like a laptop bag or a purse as hand luggage?

 Its possible to have the below Items on addition to carry-on luggage: -

1 Laptop, books, purse, 1iPad/1 phone but the maximum weight should not exceed 3kg.

5.Are there any restrictions on the number of bags I can check-in for free?

Economy class 2bags and business class 2/3bags

  1. What is Ethiopian Airlines' allowed size and weight for carry-on baggage in Economy class?

In Economy class with Ethiopian Airlines, passengers are allowed 1 piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7 kg and a maximum sum of dimensions equal to 118 cm (46 in).

  1. What is the carry-on baggage allowance for Business class passengers with Ethiopian Airlines?

Business class passengers with Ethiopian Airlines are allowed 2 pieces of hand luggage, each weighing a maximum of 7 kg.

  1. Can I bring personal items in addition to my carry-on baggage on Ethiopian Airlines?

Yes, Ethiopian Airlines allows personal accessories in addition to the specified carry-on baggage allowance in both Economy and Business class.

  1. Are there restrictions on the types of items I can bring in my carry-on bag with Ethiopian Airlines?

Ethiopian Airlines, like other airlines, may have restrictions on carrying liquids, gels, and certain hazardous items in carry-on bags. Familiarize yourself with Ethiopian Airlines' specific policies.

  1. Can I bring food on board in my carry-on bag with Ethiopian Airlines?

Generally, you can bring snacks and non-liquid food items in your carry-on bag with Ethiopian Airlines, adhering to their specified policies.

  1. What happens if my carry-on bag exceeds the size or weight limit with Ethiopian Airlines?

If your carry-on bag exceeds the specified size or weight limit with Ethiopian Airlines, you may be subject to additional fees, or you may need to check the bag.

  1. Is there a difference in carry-on allowances for different classes of service with Ethiopian Airlines?

Yes, there is a difference. Business class passengers with Ethiopian Airlines have a higher allowance, with 2 pieces of hand luggage weighing 7 kg each, compared to Economy class.


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