I'll be flying in an ERJ-145 later this month, on two United flights. With only an hour layover, I can not take the chance of checking, or even gate-checking, my luggage, particularly since this airline can almost always be counted on to be late. (I only chose them because I needed to use up some points).
After grabbing the tickets, I learned that the plane is VERY small, and almost all bags are gate-checked. The overhead bins are tight, and only on one side of the aircraft, so I guess I can't count on getting space there. My underseat area, if I have the correct info, will be 16 x 12 x 9 inches. I am not a light packer, but out of necessity I think I will just take my Synapse 25 or Smart Alec, along with my Co-Pilot. I want to be sure that whatever bag I take doesn't get gate-checked, because I think I'll have to run for my next flight, so even though the Western Flyer or a duffel would technically fit United's requirements, I really can't take the chance that it won't be allowed on the plane.
Has anyone flown on this particular aircraft? It is the ERJ-145 v2, owned by United. I'd appreciate any tips. I usually fly JetBlue, or international flights, which have a generous amount of space, so I don't have a lot of expertise with this type of flying.
It will be a long weekend, but I do need to pack a spare pair of shoes (sandals), two pairs of pants, and a few extra shirts, my iPad Mini and phone, chargers, and a gift. I would like to take a camera as well.