Etihad Airways will introduce changes at Heathrow airport's Terminal 1 in line with current baggage restrictions and security controls in the UK.
The changes will not just affect Heathrow; the airline is to implement the same policies in Abu Dhabi.
Passengers will only be allowed one bag as hand luggage and will have to carry all liquids, aerosols and gels within their hand-baggage, which cannot be in containers of more than (100ml) in size. Containers will have to fit within a one litre transparent and re-sealable plastic bag.
All customers are being informed directly of the new restrictions by Etihad to avoid delays at airports. Executive vice president sales and services, Geert Boven, said ”It is vital that passengers are given sufficient time to prepare for new regulations which will ensure a smoother travel experience.”
All transparent plastic bags will be visually examined by airport security; passengers who buy liquids, aerosols and gases purchased at Abu Dhabi duty free will be provided with a security tamper evident bag (STAB) for their purchases.
Certain medications, baby food and special dietary products may be permitted depending on passenger needs. However, Etihad urges passengers to put as much of their baggage into the hold of the aircraft.
The airline will provide an information guide for passengers available at ticket desks, airport check-in and airport lounges. The new regulations are scheduled to start on Thursday 1 November.