Backpacker's rucksack as carry-on

Old Mar 18th, 2007, 06:14 PM
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Backpacker's rucksack as carry-on

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I'm just wondeirng if a medium-sized backpacker's rucksack can be taken on carry-on? I'll be flying from NYC to Miami on American Airlines. Or does that size need to be checked in?

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Old Mar 18th, 2007, 06:17 PM
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It depends on the dimensions of the pack. Check your airline's website regarding carry-on regulations - it should give the maximum overall dimensions. Then measure your pack and see whether it is within the regulations.
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Old Mar 19th, 2007, 06:53 AM
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There's nothing special about a backpack. If it fits the size dimensions (and weight if applicable). See the AA website for rules.
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Old Mar 19th, 2007, 08:35 AM
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I can tell you that I have carried my medium sized backpack into the plane for years in the US and Europe with no problems. Although if you have a sleeping bag attached to it then it probably is too big for carry-on but then you could detach it and consider it a bag and stuff it under the seat in front of you.
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One of us always does a backback as a carry on, as we also like to have at for our destination, holding camera, umbrellas, sunglasses, jacket, or whatever. It's ideal as a carryon because it leaves your hands totally free for your other luggage, or whatever.

I'm assuming you're just talking about a regular back-pack (or often called a day pack) -- not a big hiker's one. Of course it has to meet the regular size requirements for any carry-on, but the ones I'm talking about do.
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Old Mar 19th, 2007, 10:17 AM
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I always use my backpack as carryon and have never had a problem.
 
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We always take a daypack as a carry on too - but I am thinking that the OP is talking about a larger backpacking backpack - with a frame, meant to hold clothing and gear for several days' worth of overnight camping.

Either way, the best thing to do is measure the thing and see how it compares to the airline's regulations.
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