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 dimensions equal to 23 x 40 x 55 (cm) .

  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.

Carry on Baggage

Please note!

Note: Star Alliance Gold passengers traveling in First/Business class are entitled to at least 2 pieces of carry-on luggage weighing 7kg each with the dimension of each piece 23 x 40 x 55 (cm). Musical instruments is permitted as carry-on baggage so long as the dimension of the instrument (inside or outside of its package) do not exceed the carry-on dimension standard set by the airline. That is to say 23 x 40 x 55 (cm).

Welcome to Ethiopian Airlines' Carry-On Baggage Page! Here, you'll find all the essential information about our carry-on baggage policy. Discover details on dimensions, weight limits, and restrictions, ensuring a hassle-free travel experience. Pack smartly and enjoy your journey with us.

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Carry on Allowance per Cabin Class

Ethiopian Airlines provides generous carry-on baggage allowances for passengers in each cabin class. We understand that your travel needs may vary, and we aim to accommodate them accordingly. Here's a breakdown of our carry-on allowance per cabin class:

Economy Class

7Kg 15lb
The briefcase may not exceed 23 x 40 x 55 (cm) ; the handbag may not exceed 23 x 40 x 55 (cm) 
The briefcase may not exceed 23 x 40 x 55 (cm) ; the handbag may not exceed 23 x 40 x 55 (cm) 

Bussines Class

7Kg 15lb

+

7Kg 15lb

The briefcase may not exceed 45 x 35 x 20 cm; the handbag may not exceed 55 x 38 x 20 cm; the garment bag can be no more than 20 cm.

The briefcase may not exceed 45 x 35 x 20 cm; the handbag may not exceed 55 x 38 x 20 cm; the garment bag can be no more than 20 cm.

Ethiopian Airlines Carry-On Baggage Allowance: What You Need to Know

  1. Free Carry-On Items (Weight Limit: 5kg):

  • Lady handbag, pocket book, or purse (not used for transportation purposes)

  • Laptop

  • Overcoat, wrap, or blanket

  • Small camera and/or binoculars

  • Reading material for the flight

  • Infant's food and carrying basket

  • Duty-free items

  1. Additional Allowance:

  • Passengers may also carry a collapsible wheelchair, crutches, braces, or prosthetic devices if dependent on them. This is in addition to the 5kg limit.

  1. Film and Musical Instruments:

  • Film and musical instruments can be carried as carry-on baggage if their dimensions (inside or outside the package) do not exceed 23cm x 40cm x 55cm.

  1. Communication of Carry-On Information:

  • Passengers will be informed of these regulations at various customer contact points, including reservations, ticket offices, and check-in counters.

  • Information will be provided through tickets, printed itineraries, signs, announcements, brochures, and the Ethiopian Airlines website.

  1. Communication Details:

  • Communication will include:

  • Items allowed free of charge

  • Number of pieces of carry-on baggage

  • Requirement to present all baggage at check-in

  • Size and weight limits

  • Excluded items from carry-on baggage

  • Items that must be carried in the carry-on, such as valuables and medicine

Please note that any baggage exceeding the specified limits will not be accepted as carry-on baggage. For more detailed information, please refer to the Ethiopian Airlines website or contact our customer service.

Carry-On Baggage Restrictions for Ethiopian Airlines:

  1. Prohibited Items:

  • Certain items are not allowed as carry-on baggage due to safety reasons. These may include sharp objects, flammable substances, explosives, and other hazardous materials. Please refer to the airline's comprehensive list of prohibited items to ensure compliance.

  1. Size and Weight Limits:

  • Carry-on baggage must adhere to the size limit of 23cm x 40cm x 55cm (9in x 16in x 22in) to fit in the overhead compartments or under the seat in front of you.

  • The weight limit for carry-on baggage is typically 5kg (11 lbs), except for specific additional allowances mentioned earlier.

  1. Check-In Requirement:

  • All carry-on baggage must be presented for inspection at the time of check-in. This ensures compliance with regulations and enhances the safety of all passengers on board.

  1. Valuable and Medicinal Items:

  • Certain valuable items, such as jewelry, cash, and important documents, as well as necessary medication, should be carried in your carry-on baggage to ensure their security and accessibility during the flight.

We prioritize the safety and comfort of our passengers, and these restrictions are in place to adhere to international aviation standards. Please review the full details of our carry-on baggage restrictions on the Ethiopian Airlines website or contact our customer service for further clarification.

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Travel Tips

You can bring a few items in addition to your carry-on bag and 
personal item for free.

*Jacket or coat
*Umbrella
*Things to read
*Food or other items bought
at the airport

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  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 dimensions equal to 23 x 40 x 55 (cm) .

  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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