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Baggage

General Baggage Restrictions

For the safety of our passengers, crew, and aircraft, the following items are either prohibited or restricted on all Ethiopian flight. Please ensure that you do not pack items specified in this list in your carry-on or checked baggage. Exceptions are medicinal articles which are necessary or appropriate for the passenger during the journey

Lithium Batteries Restrictions

Whether a lithium battery can be carried by air or not depends on its configuration and either Watt-hour (Wh) rating (for rechargeable) or Lithium content (LC) (for non-rechargeable). Use the following table to determine if your battery is acceptable: 

Watt-hour rating of not more than 100Wh (Refer DGR 2.3.5.9)Watt-hour exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh (Refer DGR 2.3.3.2) Note:- if exceeding 160 refer packing instruction for cargo aircraft onlyIn Carry-on BaggageIn Carry-on Baggage Not More than 2Pcs

 

Types of batteriesCriteriaWhen Carried by
Passenger
( Refer DGR Table
2.3.A)
On Passenger
Aircraft
as Cargo
As Cargo
Aircraft
Only (CAO)
Items
UN3480 (Lithium ion batteries; when the batteries are packed individually, this are spare batteries including POWER BANKS)Watt-hour rating of not more than 100Wh (Refer DGR 2.3.5.9) In Carry-on Baggage Forbidden (effective April 1, 2016) To be transported at a state of charge of no more than 30% of their rated capacity. Refer Packing Instruction 965 per IATA DGR manualBatteries for Camera, Mobile Phone, Laptops/ipads/tablets, Power banks (Not More than 2Pcs) etc.
Watt-hour exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh (Refer DGR 2.3.3.2) Note:- if exceeding 160 refer packing instruction for cargo aircraft onlyIn Carry-on Baggage Not More than 2Pcs
UN3481 (Lithium ion batteries contained in equipment; or Lithium ion batteries packed with equipment) Watt-hour not exceeding 100Wh (Refer DGR 2.3.5.9)Permitted in checked and carry-on baggage Refer Packing Instruction 966 and 967Batteries for or contained with Camera, Mobile Phone, Laptops/ipads/tablets, Electronic cigarettes, Security-Type Equipment, Commercial cameras and video equipment, Portable Medical Electronic Devices (PMED), Mobility Aids, For Transport by Post (not more than 4 cells or 2 batteries) etc.
Watt-hour rating exceeding 100Wh, but not exceeding 160Wh (Refer DGR 2.3.4.7) Note:- if exceeding 160 refer packing instruction for cargo aircraft onlyPermitted in checked and carry-on baggage with the communication of Manager Airport Services
UN3090 (Lithium metal batteries; when the batteries are packed individually, , this are spare batteries)Lithium content of not more than 2g. (Refer DGR 2.3.5.9) In Carry-on Baggage Forbidden Refer Packing Instruction 968AA size or smaller batteries for Watches, Electronic cigarettes, Security-Type Equipment etc.
Lithium content exceeding 2 g but not exceeding 8 g (Refer DGR 2.3.3.2) Note:- if exceeding 8g refer packing instruction for cargo aircraft onlyIn Carry-on Baggage Not More than 2PcsC size and above smaller batteries; For Transport by Post (not more than 4 cells or 2 batteries)
UN3091 (Lithium metal batteries contained in equipment; or Lithium metal batteries packed with equipment) Lithium content of not more than 2 g (Refer DGR 2.3.5.9)Permitted in checked and carry-on baggage Refer Packing Instruction(PI) 970AA size in smaller batteries contained in or packed with watches, Electronic cigarettes, Security-Type Equipment etc.; For Transport by Post (not more than 4 cells or 2 batteries)
Lithium content exceeding 2 g, but not exceeding 8 g (Refer DGR 2.3.4.7) Note:- if exceeding 160 refer packing instruction for cargo aircraft onlyPermitted in checked and carry-on baggage with the communication of Manager Airport ServicesC size and above smaller batteries; For Transport by Post (not more than 4 cells or 2 batteries)

 

Note:

  •  Dangerous goods permitted in carry-on baggage are also permitted “on one's person”.
  • All Lithium batteries more than >160Whare not allowed to be carried by passenger. i.e.  should be transported as Cargo

7.3.2 Lithium Battery powered vehicles/motorized vehicles (which are not mobility aids) and commonly referred as air-wheel, solo-wheel, electric skateboards, hover-board, mini-Segway, balance wheels both as carry-on or checked-in baggage are prohibited, whether with or without lithium battery, as the materials are posing risk to flight safety.   If these items are discovered in cabin, cabin crew shall identify that the device does not meet Ethiopian Airlines requirement during boarding, and shall refer to the ground personnel for proper offloading.

To convert Amp-hours (Ah)t o Watt-hours (Wh) multiply AhxVoltage 

The terminals of all spare batteries must be protected from short circuit by ; enclosing them in their original retail packaging or taping over the terminals or separate plastic bags for each battery.

Spare batteries shall not be placed in checked baggage.

Batteries contained in equipment such as laptop computers ,cameras, mobile phones etc. must be switched off and measures taken to ensure that they can not be accidentally activated when placed in checked baggage.

Examples of Lithium Batteries

Small Lithium Batteries and Cells include mobile phone
batteries, watch batteries, power banks, MP3 player batteries
and most original laptop batteries. The maximum rating for
these batteries is 100 watt -hours ( Wh)

Medium Lithium batteries and cells incl ude larger batteries
and cells – examples include some extended life batteries for
laptop computers, and batteries used by audiovisual professionals.
A “medium” battery provides between 100 and 160 watt -hours of power.

Power Bank: only 2 pieces of power banks, not exceeding 160 W H,
are permitted in carry-on baggage. If it exceeds 160 W H it shall
be transported as cargo on cargo aircraft only.

Lithium Battery powered vehicles/motorized vehicles (which are not mobility aids)
and commonly referred as air-wheel, solo- wheel, electric skateboards,hover-board,
mini- Segway, balance wheels are prohibited both as carry-on or checked-in baggage
whether with or without lithium battery.

Large lithium batteries and cells are primarily those used in industry.
A large rechargeable battery provides over 160 watt -hours of power.
Large batteries may be found in some electric and hybrid vehicles,
as well as mobility devices and scooters.

 

Note: Spare Lithium Battery (batteries which are not installed in equipment), including power banks is prohibited as checked-in baggage and/or as cargo on passenger aircraft.

For passengers with flights departing from Korea

Lithium Batteries shall not be placed in check-in baggage. And,Lithium Batteries in equipment (including mobile phone) is allowed only 5 (not exceeded 100watt) in Carry-On/hand baggage.

 Rules in checked baggage

  • Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of presenting significant risk to health, safety or to property when transported by air.
  • For safety reasons, dangerous articles as defined in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, such as those listed here below shall not be carried as, within, or as part of passengers’ baggage.
    1. Brief-cases and security type attaché cases with installed alarm devices; or incorporative lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic material;
    2. Spare Lithium Batteries
    3. Power banks
    4. Trionic briefcases – similar to normal briefcases from outside.
    5. Mace canisters – similar to cigarette lighters and sprays.
    6. Gases (flammable, non-flammable, deeply refrigerated and poisonous) such as butane, oxygen, liquid nitrogen, aqualung cylinders.
    7. Corrosive materials (such as acids, alkalis, mercury and wet cell batteries).
    8. Etiologic agents.
    9. Explosive, munitions fireworks and flares.
    10. Flammable liquids and solids such as lighter or heating fuels, matches, paints, thinners, fire-lighters.
    11. Oxidizing materials such as bleaching powder, and peroxides.
    12. Poisons and infectious substances such as insecticides, weed-killers and live virus materials.
    13. Radioactive materials.
    14. Other dangerous articles such as magnetized materials, offensive or irritating materials as listed in the IATA Dangerous Articles Regulations.

 Rules on carry-on 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:

  • Knives (including hunting knives, swords, and pocket knives)
  • Scissors and any other sharp/bladed objects (e.g. ice-pick, nail clippers) considered illegal by local law
  • Weapons such as whips, nan-chakus, baton, or stun gun
  • Toys guns/gun shaped items or look-alikes, hand-cuffs
  • Sporting equipment such as baseball/cricket bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks, billiard cues
  • Devices with spill able batteries
  • Aerosols (hair sprays, perfumes, medicines containing alcohol) not exceeding 0.5KG/L per article and 2.0KG/L in total weight
  • Baby strollers
  • Spare Lithium Batteries (not more than 2 pieces allowed if the watt-hour rating exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh/ Lithium content exceeding 2g but not exceeding 8g)
  • Power banks (only 2 pieces allowed as long as watt-hour rating is not exceeding 160Wh)
  • Any other items which are deemed security hazards by local law
  • Any other items that resemble or have similar functions to the above items

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

 Liquid and Gels in Hand Baggage

As of 1 June 2007, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommends all liquids, gels, pastes and aerosols up to 100 ml must be carried in one transparent and resealable plastic bag to a maximum capacity of 1 Litre. The transparent bag dimensions should not exceed 20 cm x 20 cm or 8 inches x 8 inches. Containers over 100 ml will not be accepted even if they are partialy full. All items must fit comfortably in the plastic bag. You are required to produce your clear transparent bag of liquids separately for security screening.

There are no restrictions on baby food and medication. However, you will be required to produce a medical certificate for medication taken onboard.

 General

When you travel abroad, it is recommended that you know basic entry and security regulations of your destination country by checking available websites. For example, if you are traveling to U.S.A. then we suggest to check www.tsa.gov web site for detail information.


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