I am a newbie! About two weeks ago a coworker of mine merely mentioned the words "Tom Bihn" on a Facebook post and started a stream of events and research on my part that resulted I a visit to the Tom Bihn store / factory last week and $650+ spent on "stuff" I've become really quite fascinated with the idea of traveling without checking in. Even more exciting is that my wife is interested in this too - a major shock!
Anyway, part of the interest is the fact that my wife and I have our 25th anniversary trip planned for September - just under 3 weeks in Paris, Rome, Tuscany and a quick return to Paris before returning to Seattle. Our airlines are Icelandic Air, EasyJet and Air France. And EasyJet is worrying me...
I made the mistake of booking the trip a while back and included our usual two bags to be checked in. As far as I am aware, the fact that I paid for that is a done deal (they don't refund baggage fees). I find that borderline unethical (that they won't refund baggage fees, when we have no plans to change the flight) but that's a separate discussion.
But I am concerned about the EasyJet hand baggage restrictions, which I understand to be 50 x 40 x 20 cm if I want to be assured of being able to take it on board. I have an Aeronaut and this was based on the statement on the Tom Bihn site that it's "Designed to qualify as a maximum-size airline carry-on bag". It's 55 cm long, of course. I guess the lack of a rigid frame helps here but it also means I will have to leave a fair bit of space unused. Then again, I've seen comments on here that the Tri Star is the largest Tom Bihn bag that will realistically be feasible on EasyJet.
Still further, I spoke to the chap at the Seattle store and he said that airlines allow the Aeronaut and a personal item - and pointed me to the Pilot as a great example of a bag that would take my 13" laptop and also be acceptable as the "personal item". I've subsequently discovered that EasyJet allow no personal item.
So, all that means I am concerned about whether I bought the wrong bags. Honestly, I think I am really going to struggle to get my stuff in a smaller bag than the Aeronaut (remember, I'm a newbie!). I'd really be frustrated if the EasyJet leg (one way) is going to mess this up and would appreciate thoughts on the reality of a Aeronaut (well, plus the Pilot too) and EasyJet.