All the Etihad Airways flying with kids information in one place. Including:
- Flying when pregnant
- Flying with a baby or toddler under two
- Flying with older children
- Kids’ baggage allowance
- Car seat policy
- Other child restraint device policies
- Pushchair/stroller policy
- Bassinet policy
- Sleep devices and child ride-ons/leg rests permitted
- Baby and child meals
- In-flight entertainment for children
- Other family services provided
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ETIHAD AIRWAYS FLYING WHEN PREGNANT
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During the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy, you do not need a medical certificate to fly, though Etihad always recommend speaking with your doctor to get their advice before you travel. If your pregnancy is complicated with a condition that adds extra risk, please make sure to complete a MEDIF form.
- From weeks 29 to 36, you will require a medical certificate to fly, which you’ll have to present when you check in at the airport
- Once you reach the 37th week of your pregnancy, you will not be accepted to travel
- From weeks 29 to 32, you will require a medical certificate to fly, which you’ll have to present when you check in at the airport
- Once you reach the 33rd week of your pregnancy, you will not be accepted to travel
To make life a bit simpler, we’ve created a certificate that you can print and take directly to your doctor or midwife. (DOWNLOAD FORM)
The original medical certificate must:
- Be presented when you check in at the airport
- State that you are fit to fly
- Include the number of weeks of pregnancy and your Expected Delivery Date (EDD)
- Confirm whether the pregnancy is single or multiple
- Be issued and signed by your doctor or midwife within the gestation period considered acceptable for travel
- Be issued on clinic or hospital letter headed paper or stamped
- Be valid for 3 weeks from the date of issue
- Written clearly in English or Arabic (other languages are accepted but must be verified by Etihad Airways check-in staff)
As long as you’ve met all of the validity criteria, you’ll just need one certificate for the duration of your trip.
FLYING WITH BABY POLICY (INFANTS UNDER 2 YEARS OLD)
Lap infants and infants with their own seat.
Babies from 7 days – 23 months old are permitted to sit on the lap of their parent/guardian.
FLYING WITH CHILDREN AGED TWO AND OVER
Children aged two and over are not permitted to sit on the lap of their parent/guardian.
FLYING WITH OLDER CHILDREN ON ETIHAD AIRWAYS
Children aged twelve and over are NOT permitted to sit on the lap of their parent/guardian, should be booked an adult fare and normal baggage rules apply.
KIDS’ BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE ON ETIHAD AIRWAYS
INFANTS BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
Checked baggage to/from USA and Canada: 23kg
Checked baggage to/from all other destinations: 10kg
Cabin baggage: One piece, 5kg
CHILDREN AGED 2 and ABOVE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
Normal baggage rules apply
ETIHAD AIRWAYS CAR SEAT POLICY
Children aged up to three years old travelling on a child’s ticket may use certain approved car-seats, in conjunction with our aircraft seats.
You are also permitted to carry one pushchair or carrycot or car seat for free, in addition to your child’s checked baggage allowance.
Can my child use a car seat on board?
Yes! Children aged up to three years old travelling on a child’s ticket may use certain approved car-seats. As the parent or guardian, you are responsible for correctly installing the device as per the manufacturer’s instructions and restrictions.
- Children must be properly secured in the car seat and accompanied by an adult in the adjacent seat for take-off and landing
- Car seats must be forward or rear facing with a harness that can be strapped to a seat with a seatbelt only
- Rearward facing seats are restricted to infants from 0 to six months weighing less than 10kg and are only allowed in First or Business cabins
- The car seat must be in good condition and show no signs of damage
- The car seat harness must have a single release button and must secure the infant’s lap, torso and crotch
As per the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, the following car-seats and child restraint devices are accepted on board:
- Australian Car-Seat regulations
- USA Standards FMVSS213
- Canadian Standard CMVSS 213
- European Standards ECE-44
- German Standards (TÜV Doc.TÜV/958-01/2001)
Other Child Restraint Device Policies
The following supporting devices are accepted on board for children with special needs:
- CARES Harness for children over one year weighing less that 20kg (only permitted in Economy)
- SPECIAL CARES Harness for adult guests with special needs and children more than 20kg in weight
- CRELLING Harness Model 27. Type 27I (two-five years) and Type 27A (five-eight years) are only allowed in Economy Class, and Type 27B (nine years – adult) are allowed in all classes
- CRELLING Shoulder Strap HSB1. Type HSB1 (two years – adult) are only allowed in Economy Class)
ETIHAD AIRWAYS PUSHCHAIR/ STROLLER POLICY
You can check your pushchair in, or Etihad can collect your pushchair from you just before you board. Etihad also provide complimentary orange strollers for use within their terminal. Doubles are available.
ETIHAD AIRWAYS BASSINET POLICY
Does Etihad Airways supply a bassinet/carrycot?
Yes, bassinets are available on a first come, first served basis.
How do I reserve a bassinet/carrycot on Etihad Airways?
You may request a baby bassinet when you book your flight or through Manage my booking.
When can I choose my seat on Etihad Airways?
You can pay to reserve your seat from the moment you book your ticket until you check-in.
What happens if I don’t reserve a bassinet/carrycot seat?
You might not get one as all bassinets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
What is the size/weight limit for Etihad Airways‘ bassinets/carrycots?
Your baby must weigh less than 11kg and be up to 75cm tall, and they must be able to fit comfortably in the bassinet.
What does the Etihad Airways bassinet/carrycot look like?
To help children sit or sleep comfortably on our flights, most travel accessories are permitted on board, including JetKids BedBox, Plane Pal and Fly Tot, subject to certain conditions. The accessory must be securely stowed during take-off and landing. Accessories that attach to any part of the seat are not permitted.
BABY AND CHILD MEALS ON ETIHAD AIRWAYS
Does Etihad Airways provide baby food?
For babies that are 7 days – 23 months old, you can request a baby’s meal up to 24 hours before your flight. Proprietary brands of baby meals are available on board. Parents are advised to carry baby foods familiar to and preferred by their babies (milk or baby meals can be heated on board).
Does Etihad Airways provide child meals?
For children aged two to twelve, you can request a child’s meal up to 24 hours before your flight. Food options include burgers, fish fingers, chicken nuggets, French fries, crisps, pizza or chocolate. For older children, adult meals are available.
ETIHAD AIRWAYS INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN
Etihad kids packs
Tiny adventurers can get ready to explore with the Loony tunes kids packs. Children up to two on Etihad can snuggle up with a super-soft blanket to take home, starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety.
There are activity books, crayons and memory games for children aged three to eight and children aged nine to 13 will receive a Scooby-Doo backpack and passport holder.
Children’s movies and games on board
We’ll keep children busy with the latest kids’ movies, TV shows and games on board. Our parental lock feature also means that you can control what your little flyers are watching.
Don’t forget, if you’re flying on our A320 and A321 aircraft, each child will need to bring their own device and headphones.
OTHER FAMILY SERVICES PROVIDED
Eithad provide Sky Nannies ( Sky nannies discontinued since covid) and some airport lounges have dedicated family rooms. When it’s time to board, they invite families on to the plane first to give you a bit of extra time to get settled. You can check your pushchair in, or Etihad will collect your pushchair from you just before you board.
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There is a dedicated family check in area at Abu Dhabi airport.
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