So before you answer that let’s take a step back. At the moment many of the airlines are charging for checked baggage. So if you are travelling on a budget then what you do is you bring your maximum carry on which is one personal item and one carry on.
Gary Leff (industry expert) reported on the new United baggage policy and how Basic Economy will work in full – here is an extract –
“United is going to push customers with Basic Economy tickets into boarding group 5. Gate agents are being trained that boarding group 5 does not get a full size carry-on bag. They are limited to a personal item only. And agents will have mobile payment systems so they can process any full size carry-on bags as checked bags. (There will be a ‘handling fee’ – amount not yet announced – for Basic Economy customers who get their bags checked at the gate on top of the normal checked bag fee.)”
The maximum dimensions for your personal item, such as a shoulder bag, backpack, laptop bag or other small item, are 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm).
So how many passengers will try to push the envelope (or the backpack) to get a bigger personal item?