perhaps a stupid question...

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific perhaps a stupid question...

1. Posted by alex.a. (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

when travelling with a backpack on planes (as i'm sure pretty much everyone here will have done)

is it best to put it in the stowed luggage with all straps tightly strapped up with nothing on the outside to catch on things / get caught in machinery of luggage movement / rip off etc

or better to try and get it on as hand luggage (being probaby pretty difficult these days!)

i've got a long lay-over in my flight to oz and would rather not have to lug my pack round the airport / try and keep an eye on it if i manage to sleep or whatever...

2. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Check it in then. In some airports you have to carry it to a separate counter to check it in as their normal luggage track can't handle odd baggages like backpacks.

The advantage of it as handluggage is that there won't be lost baggage and you don't have to wait at the luggage carousel when you touch down.

3. Posted by Gavin-D (Budding Member 81 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

surely a large backpack cant be taken on board as hand luggage??

dont most airlines have that little box that you must fit luggage in for it to qualify as hand luggage?

4. Posted by Gavin-D (Budding Member 81 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hey apologies, i may be wrong. i'm flying my 1st part of the journey with BA and it says you can take 2 pieces of hand luggage onboard if you depart from edi.

1 = 25x19x21 either inches or cm.
2 = a hand bag or laptop bag
3 = luggage weighing less than 23kg , you must also be able to stow this in overhead compartments unaided.

so does this infact mean you could take your backpack onboard as hand lugage?

i personally would prefer to take it on board rather than check it, ont wanna get it lost in this terminal 5 chaos!!

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5296 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Where do you get those 25x19x21 dimensions from? The BA website says "56x45x25cm (22x17.5x9.85in)". I really doubt your backpack will fit in that volume. (Most backpacker backpacks really can't be qualified as "standard-sized".)

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 1, 2008, at 1:21 PM by Sander ]

6. Posted by Rachypooh (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys,

I was at Heatrow 7wks ago and there was no way my backpack was allowed on as hand luggage and as Gavin has said it wont fit into the little box thing its way to big.
Also another reason for it not being allowed on as hand luggage is you will have all your toiletries etc... in the backpack and as we all know you are not allowed anything over 100ml!

The backpack will be safe in the stowed luggage compartment. I just put my waterproof cover over the pack so all the straps stay in and wont get caught!

Hope u have safe travels Alex x

7. Posted by alex.a. (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


that's a great idea about the waterproof cover to keep the straps safe!

8. Posted by nzkatenz (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Yeah definately check it in, but make sure its on there if you ever get delayed or put on stand by for a flight, after a week in paris without my bag, i learnt to check!
Great idea to put a waterproof cover on to keep your straps safe, alternatively if you havent bought a pack yet buy one where the straps can zip away, invaluable on long flights where the bags will be handled alot.

Safe travels :)

9. Posted by ChriZu (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

At many airports I know (ok, that'd be mainly Europe and the greater China area) you can also get your backpack plastic-wrapped. They will tell you to do it anyway, if your backpack has too many straps for their system to handle safely.