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Baggage Restrictions


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(Wh) 
or (Li   Content)
Configuration Carry-onBaggage Checked Baggage Operator Approval
  ≤100Wh(2g) In Equipment Yes Yes No
Spares Yes(No Limit) No
  >100to ≤160  Wh In Equipment Yes Yes Yes
Spares Yes ( Max  2) No
>160Wh Must be presented and carried as Cargo in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations 


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.




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 web site for detail information.

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