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Old 07-11-2014, 06:12 AM
 
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As if airlines enforce carry on limits... No, you should not have a problem as long as you put the backpack under the seat. If you do encounter an agent who enforces the rules, just carry the backpack in your hand as you board - then it's a briefcase with straps
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:26 AM
 
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I picked up Targus Ascend at Best Buy for under $30. Follow-up question, has anybody ever had a problem carrying on a roller and a backpack? I would argue discrimination, as this bag is smaller than some purses I see.
Nope, I carry on a roller bag and a cross body all the time. As long as it can fit under the seat, they'll let it go.

I do need to qualify that--most carriers will let it go. Some Euro carriers are really strict with size and weight, and some US discount carriers like Spirit will not allow it.
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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As long as it looks like you can wedge the bag under the seat, they don't really care what your 'personal item' looks like. The problem comes with the bigger roller bag and regional jets, 100% sold out planes or both of the previous. I end up on an RJ half the time when I go see my parents, and the bigger roller bags are frequently subject to mandatory gate check when my giant cross body bag, which is actually slightly bigger than the rollies, gets waved right through by the gate agent.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:44 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Mine looks like a regular hand bag.
Has padded room for the laptop (I checked if it could hold mine first !!)
Then a section for the peripherals (charger, external drive, mouse, cords)
and another section for *paperwork* (about 2 inches thick -- who has more than that ?).
On the front a small flap covered area for your wallet, passport and flight tickets.
On the *back*, you can pull out *hidden* straps, that can make the bag, into a *back-pack*.
You can carry the bag, holding on to the *handles*, or attach the shoulder strap (included)
Also on the back, there is a sleeve-like section that can be put *over* the handle of the *carry-on* you may have.
You pull up the handles of the carry-on then throw the laptop bag over it and it *sits* on the top of the carry on !
Made by *Ruggard*, 38 bucks (on sale) !! Unbelievable ! (How can you make something like that for only 38 dollars ?
Amazon.com: Ruggard Convertible Laptop Case (Black): Computers & Accessories

Now for a 17 inch unit go here ?

NOTE: I like buying from Amazon, since I can send it back pre-paid, if I do not like the actual item !!

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Old 07-11-2014, 11:51 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Timbuk2. Best ever, and I have tried a lot of them from all ends of the price spectrum.
What exactly is *TSA Friendly* ??
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:57 AM
 
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What exactly is *TSA Friendly* ??
TSA Friendly is a particular type of bag where the laptop stays in one pocket, with nothing else. All the other belongings are in another compartment, and the two compartments can be partially separated so that the bag can lay flat.

In the photo below, the laptop would be in the compartment on the right, and all other belongings are in the compartment on the left. they lay flat like this to go through the xray. After going through security, the two parts are zipped together. No need to remove the laptop from the bag.

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Old 07-11-2014, 11:57 AM
 
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What exactly is *TSA Friendly* ??
"Checkpoint Friendly" Laptop Bags | Transportation Security Administration
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Old 07-12-2014, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Florida
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TSA Friendly is a particular type of bag where the laptop stays in one pocket, with nothing else. All the other belongings are in another compartment, and the two compartments can be partially separated so that the bag can lay flat.

In the photo below, the laptop would be in the compartment on the right, and all other belongings are in the compartment on the left. they lay flat like this to go through the xray. After going through security, the two parts are zipped together. No need to remove the laptop from the bag.
My bag can zip open like that and lay flat but I've had to remove the laptop every time!
Just luck??
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:05 AM
 
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My bag can zip open like that and lay flat but I've had to remove the laptop every time!
Just luck??
Are there any zippers or other fasteners on the side that holds the laptop? Anything else in the side that contains the laptop?

I have 2 TSA friendly bags and travel at least once a month. I've never had to remove my laptop. There must be some reason they're making you take it out.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Are there any zippers or other fasteners on the side that holds the laptop? Anything else in the side that contains the laptop?

I have 2 TSA friendly bags and travel at least once a month. I've never had to remove my laptop. There must be some reason they're making you take it out.
Ah ha! Yes. I remember now, it does have a pocket on the outside of that section.
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