So you are ready for your next trip and starting to pack your belongings, but just can’t figure out if your backpack will have to go in the overhead bin. The easy answer is: Yes, most backpacks are considered personal items.
The only requirement of a personal item is that it is small enough to fit underneath the seat in front of you. This can be cause for confusion, as typically airlines like to list things that are smaller than a backpack when giving examples of what a personal item is.
This could be for a few different reasons. It is possible that airlines would prefer you to pay an extra $50 and check another bag, but it is also more than likely that the airlines don’t want to cause confusion by using the word “backpack”.
A backpack can range from a small “mini-backpack” to a large hiking backpack that can barely fit in the overhead compartment and may need to be checked. Some airlines list maximum dimensions that are smaller or larger than others for their specifications on personal items. Alaska Airlines has the largest allowances, while Jetblue and Spirit allow smaller personal items. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of measuring your backpack, perhaps a new backpack is in your future.
Meet the Cyberbackpack, a backpack that has an incredible amount of space but can fit easily underneath the seat in front of you. In the Cyberbackpack, you get the carrying space of a checked bag in the size of a personal item. With its hard shell and ability to expand, you are able to make the most use out of your free items when traveling. Go to www.cyberbackpack.com for more information on this unique and innovative design that will change the way that you travel!