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Hand / Carry-on baggage

One piece of hand baggage is allowed on board which should not exceed 10 KGS and dimensions of 56cm x 40cm x 25 cm. It should be stowed under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins.


New EU Security Regulations for Carry-on Baggage for Passengers Embarking from and Transiting via EU Airports

New security regulations apply for carry-on baggage on flights departing EU airports - regardless of the destination. The new regulations focus on liquids travelers may carry and maximum size of carry-on baggage.


Specific new regulations:

1. Liquids or comparable items of similar consistency (such as gels, aerosols, lotions, creams, toothpaste) may only be carried by travelers in small quantities and in small containers.


The maximum size of a container is limited to 100 ml. The containers must be placed and transported in a clear plastic, zip lock bag having a maximum volume of 1 liter. The bag may contain several containers but it must still be possible to completely close the bag. Only one bag is permitted per passenger. This bag must be removed from the carry-on baggage and presented to security personnel at the checkpoint for separate X-raying.


It is important that only such bags are permitted that can be tightly closed again (e.g. standard deep-freeze bags, so-called zip lock bags). It is urgently recommended that passengers obtain such bags in advance and place their liquid or comparable items in such a bag at home before coming to the airport.


Medications and special dietary requirement, including baby formula, are permitted in carry-on baggage if needed on board. These must be removed from the carry-on baggage and declared to security personnel at the checkpoint.

 For a more detailed list visit Restricted Items

2. Sealed bag procedure for bottles containing liquors and cosmetics purchased at duty free shops.


The traveler may take Duty Free items through the security checkpoint which he/she has purchased on the day of the flight in a shop after the boarding card checkpoint at an EU airport or on board an aircraft of an EU airline. These items must be packed in a clear plastic bag which has been sealed by shop personnel after paying. The sales slip with date and location of the purchase must be inside the bag and capable of being checked (read) without having to open the bag.


This procedure allows for duty free shopping even in those cases where the security check is conducted right in front of the gate.


Furthermore it allows for a seamless transfer at all other Airports within the EU. The bag may not be opened until having reached the final destination.


 Flights to the US are still subject to specific regulations.


3. The size of carry-on baggage is limited to 56 cm x 40 cm x 25 cm.


This regulation corresponds to the already valid IATA recommendation and does not become legally binding until May 6, 2007.


Additional free baggage items

On all international flights the following objects may be taken free of charge as additional hand baggage: 1 coat or wrap, 1 handbag, 1 umbrella or walking stick, 1wheelchair ,a pair of crutches ,1small camera, 1 pair of binoculars, a reasonable amount of reading material, baby food for the flight and a baby's carrycot.


Unaccompanied baggage

It is also possible to transport baggage that exceeds the free baggage allowance at reduced rates either as unaccompanied baggage or as air freight. In such cases the baggage should be presented to the MEA freight office at the airport a few days before your departure. The baggage is then subject to the conditions of freight transportation i.e the customs and import regulations that are different from those applicable for normal checked baggage transported with the passenger. Please contact the MEA Freight department for exact details.


Carriage of Wet Material / Shipment in Passenger Baggage

Baggage containing wet shipments/materials of any kind such as fish, shrimps, meat poultry etc. cannot be accepted as passenger baggage or carried on board, it can only be transported as air freight. please contact MEA freight for conditions of transportation.


Baggage & your safety

Special regulations apply to the transportation of animals, weapons, knives, and dangerous goods (explosives, butane gas, bleach, peroxides, batteries, mercury, acids and other corrosive liquids, poison or other dangerous goods such as magnetized material etc). Matches and lighters must not be transported in baggage. Please keep these items in your pocket while in flight.


It is strictly forbidden to pack in your checked baggage any kind of oil Products (Such as Olive Oil).


It is advisable that the passenger affixes his/her name and address label on his/her baggage, the name on the label must be the same as on passenger ticket. This label may be collected at sales or airport office.


Use of portable electronic equipment

No electronic equipment may be used in general during takeoff and landing .The use of cellular phones, portable TVs and remote controlled toys, printers and CD players is not allowed since they may interfere with the aircraft flight instruments. Other equipment, such as laptops, calculators or electronic shavers may be used as long as they do not cause interference. Further details are available through your IATA travel agency or any MEA office.


Special ME allowances & charges for infants, sport equipments and live animals

1-Baggage Allowance for Infant not occupying a seat:  Allowance of 1 checked piece of  10 Kg maximum                                     
2-Cabin/carry-on free baggage:                                     
-One piece of 10 kgs maximum, size limited to 56cm X 40cm X 25cm.                                    
-One infant‘s carrying basket and one fully collapsible stroller or pushchair                                    
-A fully collapsible wheelchair                                    
3 -*Sport Equipment: 1sport equipment free of charge, provided weighting less than 23 kg.                                     
Extra equipment of 23 kgs or less will be charged: 200 USD  or equivalent in the currency of payment                                    
4-**Live animals:                                    
A-Animal in cabin: 
      -2 kinds of pets: one less than 3 kgs, and one between 3 kgs and 10 kgs maximum, including container.                                    
      -5 Zones:     
       -Zone 1: Between BEY and AMM-ATH-CAI-LCA-IST-EVN-BGW-NJF-EBL-BSR                                    
       -Zone 2: Between BEY and ROM-MIL-PAR-FRA-GVA-LON-BRU-NCE-CPH-JED-DMM-RUH-AUH-DXB-KWI-DOH            
       -Zone 3: Between BEY and ACC-ABJ-KAN-LOS                                    
       -Zone 4: Between ME points in Africa and ME points in Europe/MiddleEast                                    
       -Zone 5: Between ME points in Europe and ME points in Middle East                                    
 -The following charges apply in USD, to be converted to the country of payment currency
ZONE      Under 3KG    Between 3 & 10KG     
Zone 1          25                    55                            
Zone 2          50                   100                            
Zone 3          75                   150                            
Zone 4          75                   150                            
Zone 5          75                   150                            
B-Animal in hold (up to 75 kg including crate ) : 300 USD or equivalent in the currency of payment                                    
*Sport equipment: Golf bag, diving, cycling, surfing, skiing equipment                                    
**Bird transportation is subject to the regulations of countries of origin, transit and destination

6th freedom online ME traffic between Europe/Middle East/Africa via BEY:


  • Animal in cabin (less than 10 kg including crate) : charged per kg, at ME excess baggage charge per kg
  • **Bird in cabin: Charged per kg (minimum charge 3 kg), at ME excess baggage charge per kg
  • Animal in hold (up to 75 kg including crate ) : charged per kg, at ME excess baggage charge per kg
  • *Sport equipment: Golf bag, diving, cycling, surfing, skiing equipment
  • **Bird transportation is subject to the regulations of countries of origin, transit and destination
  • ***Applies on flights operated by ME only.


Carriage of live animals and pets

Live animals should generally be carried as Cargo by previous arrangements. Nevertheless MEA will accept animals such as Dogs, Cats, Birds as checked baggage in the cargo compartments. Animals must be in lock proof containers to avoid any escape.


MEA will also allow carriage of pets in cabin (as unchecked baggage) provided following conditions are fulfilled:


Animals are odorless and safely crated in containers. MEA can offer such containers if not provided by owner.

  • Prior advice and arrangements must be made with booking office.
  • Owner shall provide on his responsibility all health/vaccination certificates and import licenses if and when required by country of destination especially when traveling to European Union countries which apply strict requirements (check with embassies concerned).
  • Seeing-eye dogs accompanying blind passengers are carried free of charge.
  • MEA will not be liable for any loss, damage or expense arising from the carriage of such animals.



Under the conditions of carriage (on the reverse of the passenger coupon of your ticket), we accept no liability for the loss of jewelry, other valuables and money contained in checked baggage. You are advised to keep valuables, important documents and money either on your person or in your cabin baggage.


Damage or delay

When claiming your baggage at your destination, many suitcases look the same, please make sure you have collected your own. We recommend that you check the number on the baggage tag and compare it to your receipt. If you find that your baggage is damaged or has not arrived, please contact MEA staff immediately. Details of your baggage will be taken and you will be offered immediate assistance. If your baggage has been delayed, arrangements will be made to have it delivered to your local address when it arrives.(This service is not available in some countries due to local government restrictions). Arrangements will also be made to assist you items of baggage arrived damaged.


In situations of either damaged or delayed baggage, liability could be reduced if baggage was presented for check-in unsuitably packed or after the recommended check in time. Should you need to make any claim, this will be required in writing within seven days of your arrival to your nearest MEA airport office. To help us process your claim quickly, please quote the reference given to you when you made your report for delay or damage.

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