I haven't posted much for a while and still owe everyone a trip report for our VFR tour from May. Soon, I promise!
In the meantime, I thought I'd relate my packing-fail experience flying home from Orlando yesterday (10/19). For the last couple of years, I've used the RS 20" rolling carry-on as my main bag, with the Euro Flight Bag holding my CPAP, camera and items I need on the plane.
I've seen complaints here in the past about this combination of bags being prone to tipping forward when unattended, but I'd never found it to be a problem, and said so in past posts. Well, apparently, I was careless in packing for our return trip. Who enjoys packing to go home, after all? I think I must have put my heaviest packing cube and a pair of shoes at the top end of the carry-on. Big mistake!
While we were checking my golf bag curbside at the airport, my carry-on/Euro stack tipped forward as soon as I let go of the handle. I didn't think too much about it, figuring I'd just gotten in a hurry getting everything situated out of the car. I shifted the position of the Euro bag a bit and moved on. Then it tipped over again when we stopped for a moment inside. Now I started to suspect something was amiss and tried to make a point to be aware before letting go of the handle.
Thankfully, we'd gotten random TSA pre-check. Standing in line, I absent-mindedly let go of the handle for a moment. Sure enough, it tipped behind me, right onto the legs of an elderly woman in a wheelchair. She was fine, no harm, and was gracious about it, but I still felt awful, apologized profusely, then silently yelled at myself for being careless.
I was glad we had been in the shorter pre-check security line, and jumped at the chance to gate-check the carry-on for our full flight out of Orlando. Otherwise, I might have tried repacking the bag on the airport floor.
Bottom line, I'm a believer now that attention must be paid to pack the RS carry-on bottom-heavy if you're stacking the Euro bag atop it. Maybe it does the same thing with other bags on top, as well?
While I like the Euro bag, it is bulky and totally unstructured (which can be both good and bad). Besides the tipping problem, the Euro bag seemed to be a bit more "floppy" this time. For some trips, like this one when I didn't need to put a great deal in the secondary bag, I might look for something a bit smaller with more structure. Suggestions?