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Hey, frequent fliers 
17th-Dec-2006 03:00 pm
southpark
I recently purchased a Briggs & Riley carry-on. It was as good as I hoped, with one exception. I'm used to a duffel carry-on, and as I feared, these new-fangled firm rectangular cases aren't as easy to get in the overhead compartments. The 757-300 was no problem, but in the A319 I could only fit it sideways. It was fine on this flight, because it wasn't 100% full, but is this going to be a problem in the future?
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18th-Dec-2006 01:40 am (UTC)
I prefer not to carry any rigid luggage as carry-on. I run into 100% full flights many times so I keep my carry-on to a minimum where it can be squeezed under the seat in front of me. I will ALWAYS have that much space available and my short legs make it doable as well.
18th-Dec-2006 02:05 am (UTC)
Really? Hm. I don't think I could pack *that* lightly. I impressed myself by getting everything for my 6 day D.C. trip into that carry-on bag. My laptop, books, snacks, and things all take up the entirety of my under-seat storage.

Having longer legs, just after takeoff I always move my bag back to where feet usually go, and stretch out under the seat in front of me. Works a treat.
18th-Dec-2006 02:12 am (UTC)
Heh, I don't pack that lightly. I have a full-sized checked bag as I normally do. If it's more than 2 nights, I take a regular suitcase. I'm just used to that from my snowboarding trips as I haul a lot of gear.
18th-Dec-2006 03:33 am (UTC)
It depends on the plane, I would say. For the plane that I am taking to Africa, I am sure there would be enough room, but I usually just fly the regional jets between Boston and DC, which are so cramped that I have a hard enough time just standing in them (you'd be utterly miserable).

There is usually the option of gate check-in for bag that don't fit. That can sometimes be nicer since the few times that they have made me do it, I have gotten my luggage faster than using the regular luggage check.
18th-Dec-2006 04:16 am (UTC)
The only luggage I have is carry on size. The big ass carry ons that barely fit. Yeah, I'm that guy. But, now I check usually because of the stupid liquid restrictions. I also travel with a Zero Halliburton case for my laptop so that goes under the seat.

Anyway, my general philosophy is, if I got it to the gate, it's their problem, not mine. If there's a place for it overhead, yay! If not, the flight attendants can find a place for it and I'll get it when we land. If this means gate checking, so be it. One thing I've noticed though is that since the recent unpleasantness there's a lot more room in the overheads. But I don't do commuter flights usually.
18th-Dec-2006 05:36 am (UTC)
I have a carryon of similar size and I've never had trouble with it. I'm not a frequent flyer, though.
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