carry on back pack and tote bag

I am flying aer lingus and want to keep luggage situation simple. I have regulation size back back for carry on but would like to also carry small tote bag with snacks and sweater, reading material. Can this be done without a problem. Thanks, John

Posted by Ed
9110 posts

No. One is one. You can wear the sweater, put the grub in you pocket (if you have to eat and fly), and carry the book. The tote back makes two. One is one.

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
6030 posts

I'm curious about something, as I've never taken a flight that didn't also allow a personal item. If you put things like food in your your bag, after boarding can you then take them out and put them in a smaller bag to keep at your seat with you?

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
14087 posts

Been on several one bag flights, once inside the plane it doesn't make any difference. Part of the difference between European math and American math. In the US one means three and sometimes four. In Europe one is one. I can remember a period at HRow security when it was one bag carryon for everything.

Posted by Christine
York, PA, USA
11 posts

I thought you could bring a carry on bag-the regulation size Rick Steves sells and then also bring a pocketbook or a backpack. I am leaving for Italy in three weeks and that was my plan.

Posted by Laura B
San Francisco
1340 posts

Just check the aer ligus website for the LIMITED personal item size and description, then measure your proposed tote bag.

Posted by Nancy
Corvallis OR
2887 posts

Christine, if you're flying on a US airline you probably can take a personal item in addition to a carryon. Check the website for your airline to s see what the carry-on regulations are.

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
5725 posts

"I thought you could bring a carry on bag-the regulation size Rick Steves sells and then also bring a pocketbook or a backpack." That depends on your airline. The rules are changing all the time these days, and each airline has different policies. Check the website for your airline and you particular flight - carefully.

Posted by Ron
Cesena, Italy
791 posts

I flew Ryan Air many times between Sicily and Bologna. I watched at the gate as the RA people made passengers that had 2 or more carry on items stuff everything into one. Purses, camera bags, shopping bags....whatever. Which I always thought was stupid as it's all the same whether in one or 3. Also watched as people had to stuff it into the baggage sizer at the gate. The RA people didn't care how you got it in there as long as it would go.Just a hair off and it would have to be checked. The one exception RA has/had was conoli. You could have a tray of those and a carry on item.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
13875 posts

So, inquiring minds want to know - did the cannoli go in the overhead bins, or on the lap, or under the seat - - or did it have to be shared around the aircraft, crew first? I take it that this was on the northbound flights? So on the southbound you could bring a mortadella?

Posted by Ron
Cesena, Italy
791 posts

Ha, not sure on the southbound flights Nigel. Never wanted to take anything in that direction except my smiling face. That precious tray stayed om my lap the whole time and since I had to share with the guys I worked with they stayed covered. But the temptation was there the whole time.