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Old 04-30-2014, 09:25 PM
 
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Flying yesterday, I couldn't help but notice how many adult men carrying backpacks. I always thought they were more for college students or HS students. What happened to the luggage briefcases matching that "piggyback" on the rollerboard 22"? I can understand the convenience of carrying on the back but I also don't like getting knocked over by some guy (or gal) when standing next to them in line or on the tram. Am I missing something or just old fashioned by carrying a briefcase? Thanks to those that "backpack". :-)
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Probably the ease in having both hands free as they move around so you can be walking around texting with one hand and gripping a Starbucks cup with the other. I'm also seeing more cross body messenger bags than I used to.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I use them exclusively. Way easier to handle and can fit just as much stuff as an overhead-stowable luggage.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:04 AM
 
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Don't forget, many airlines have a weight limit for carry-on luggage. I've found that out the hard way one time.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:17 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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They should not put them on until they leave the plane. As other mentioned: popular because hands free.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:31 AM
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They should not put them on until they leave the plane. As other mentioned: popular because hands free.
Exactly. Many flight attendants (at least on Delta) are asking passengers to remove them as soon as they get on the plane.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:36 AM
 
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Although I personally prefer shoulder bags, I think the popularity of backbags is do to the handsfree option.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:02 AM
 
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The hands-free option is a big plus of the backpack. Also, if someone is an infrequent traveler, they aren't going to buy a special bag that attaches to a rollaboard. They will use a bag they already own...chances are, that's a backpack.

I fly often and have never had an issue with someone's backpack getting in my way. Now on mass transit (subways/trains), I find backpacks super annoying (especially when someone turns quickly with one on, hitting other passengers) and a huge opportunity for theft from all of those back zipper areas.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:13 AM
 
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> I always thought they were more for college students or HS students.

No, I've been using a backpack for travel for many years. Hands-free, as noted; easy to carry longer distances if you need to walk to a hotel; flexible so they fit into small/ odd places, and multi-use (good if you combine recreational hiking with business travel).
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:14 AM
 
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I fly often and have never had an issue with someone's backpack getting in my way. Now on mass transit (subways/trains), I find backpacks super annoying (especially when someone turns quickly with one on, hitting other passengers)

I use a courier bag, and I'm aghast when people do what you mentioned. Even in uncrowded trains I shift it to the front so it doesn't hit people and frees space. On crowded trains I take it off and have it down at my feet. That used to be common courtesy.
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