Etihad to have new hand-baggage rules

DUBAI — Etihad Airways will implement, with effect from May 1, its new hand-baggage policy which restricts passengers to carrying on board an aircraft liquids, aerosols or gel products in containers the capacity of which should not exceed 100 ml per product.

By Criselda E. Diala

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Published: Fri 27 Apr 2007, 9:42 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:44 AM

According to a statement released by Etihad, the decision was taken in anticipation of the "introduction of new hand-baggage regulations in the UAE, which will follow current policies in place in Europe and the United States".

A source at the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has confirmed that the country will soon have a unified hand-baggage policy in accordance with the regulation implemented by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and observed by various countries worldwide. Details of the policy, however, will be disclosed to the public at a later time.

The national carrier's announcement came more than three weeks after Dubai-based Emirates airline began implementing the same policy.

Under the new hand-baggage regulation and in compliance with the aviation safety standards of ICAO, containers should be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a capacity not more than one litre. The plastic bag should also be presented separately for visual examination at the airport's screening point.

"Prior to the implementation date (May 1), Etihad is communicating directly with its customers to inform them about the new restrictions to avoid unnecessary delays and inconvenience at the airport," said Geert Boven, Etihad Airways Executive Vice-President, Sales and Services, in a statement.

Boven added that Etihad "will make every effort to ensure that our passengers are aware of what they can bring on as hand-baggage and what must go in the hold. This is especially important for passengers travelling with babies or young children or those who need to take medication and may be concerned about the impact of the new regulations".

The airline may permit certain medication, baby food and special dietary products in the hand-baggage. Likewise, as part of its awareness campaign, Etihad will post hand-baggage information on its official web site,, in addition to reference guides located at its ticketing desks, airport check-in, and lounges.

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