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Restricted Items


For safety of cabin staff and other passengers, Ethiopian airlines have restricted some dangerous items which are not allowed on-board and may result in removal from aircraft or denied boarding if found from any passenger. Please pack your luggage by yourself and make sure you do not in any circumstance carry any of these. Furthermore we recommend you to check safety and security regulations of the country you are travelling to and from.

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

  • Milk

  • 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 re-sealable 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 partially 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 on-board

For safety of cabin staff and other passengers, Ethiopian airlines have restricted some dangerous items which are not allowed on-board and may result in removal from aircraft or denied boarding if found from any passenger. Please pack your luggage by yourself and make sure you do not in any circumstance carry any of these. Furthermore we recommend you to check safety and security regulations of the country you are travelling to and from.

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

  • Milk

  • 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 re-sealable 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 partially 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 on-board