Carrying special baggage? Read our rules and guidelines on smart bags, battery-powered wheelchairs, medical equipment, musical instruments, animals and more.

Smart bags

Smart bags have integrated lithium batteries that allow charging external devices, GPS tracking, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, self-weighing, and digital locking.

You can carry a smart bag as both checked and hand baggage, provided you meet the requirements.

The following restrictions apply for smart bags on all flydubai flights.

Hand baggage:

  • At the time of check-in, you must advise the staff you are travelling with a smart bag.
  • Lithium battery must be removable.
  • Lithium battery must not exceed power rating of more than 100Wh (Li-ion) or 2g (Li-metal).
  • Lithium battery must not be used to charge any device onboard the aircraft and any transmitting functions, that is, GPS tracking, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi must be switched off. The smart bag must be powered off throughout the flight.
  • The smart bag must be within hand baggage allowance.

Checked baggage:

  • At the time of check-in, you must advise the staff you are travelling with a smart bag.
  • Lithium battery must be removed and carried in your hand baggage.
  • Lithium battery must not exceed power rating of more than 100Wh (for Li-ion) or 2g (for Li-metal).
  • Removed lithium battery carried in your hand baggage must be protected from activation, short-circuit, and any damage.

Please note: if the lithium battery is not removable and is more than 100Wh (for Li-ion) or 2g (for Li-metal), the smart bag will not be accepted for carriage as checked or hand baggage.

Battery-powered wheelchairs and other mobility aids

If you are travelling with a battery-powered wheelchair or mobility device, please check our Wheelchair and mobility assistance page for more information.

Portable oxygen concentrator (POC)

For guidelines on travelling with a portable oxygen concentrator, please check our Travelling with a portable oxygen concentrator page.

Musical instruments

You may be able to carry small musical instruments as hand baggage if these do not exceed our allowed dimensions.

  • If you wish to carry a valuable musical instrument as hand baggage but it exceeds our weight or dimension limitations, you’ll need to purchase an additional seat (subject to availability) in the same class of travel to store the instrument next to you during your flight.
  • You may also be able to carry large musical instruments in checked baggage if there is enough space in the cargo hold compartment and subject to any excess baggage rates applicable.
  • Hand baggage shouldn’t exceed 55 cm x 38 cm x 20 cm or weigh more than 7 kg if you’re travelling in Economy Class.
  • If you’re travelling in Business Class, you may take up to two items of hand baggage on board with a combined weight of 14 kg. Each item of hand baggage shouldn’t exceed 55 cm x 38 cm x 20 cm.

Televisions (TVs)

You can carry TVs as checked baggage on our flights. However, the size of the TV must not exceed more than 55 inches. Selected airports only allow TV size of 32 inches, please check with the airport(s) of your destination(s) for their rules and regulations. 

Please note: there is a handling charge of AED 260 (USD 70) per TV unit larger than 32 inches which needs to be paid at the time of check-in at the airport. Weight of the TV will be considered as part of the baggage allowance mentioned in your booking.


Generally, you won't be allowed to carry any animals onboard our flights in the cabin. You may be able to carry falcons onboard in the cabin but this requires special prior approval. Please contact our customer support team for more details.

You can transport your pets and other live animals through flydubai Cargo. Check our Cargo page for more details.

For more information on flying with a service animal, please visit our Travelling with a service animal page.

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