I have a med/large Dana Design Bridger backpack; are they allowable on the planes as carry ons? or do I have to check it in. i would hate to do that given it doesn't have anything to lock it on to. I would have to resort to the that safety net thing... any suggestions?
The TSA wants all checked luggage to be unlocked nowadays anyway.
Grumble, grumble. Keep you valuables with you at all times when flying.
The Pacsafe is worthless when luggage is out of ones sight for very long, just as a padlock is easy to open when you have the time, tools and with nobody watching (Don't ask me how I know this).
In my opinion, the biggest danger with checking a pack thru are loose, dangling straps which get eaten by moving cargo belts. The simplest, most effective solution is to put your entire pack in a used woven-plastic feed sack. It will no longer show your pack as having something desirable to thieves, the sacks are cheap and lightweight, they contain the 'dangling straps'.
the woven plastic feed sack? i don't know what that looks like.
The type of sack that animal feed or rice comes in. They used to made of burlap, now they are made of woven plastic "cloth". They look like this.
It serves several purposes for the backpacker:
It disguises the pack as something less valuable.
It protects the pack during travel.
It serves as a laundry bag or as a Halloween costume.
And in a pinch, you can fill it full of rice.
Also, if you want to keep your check-in luggage locked, you can have them X-rayed first while you watch. Once they pass the X-ray inspection, they can remain locked during the flight. I refuse to have the contents of my bags subjected to the pilfering hands of baggage handlers.
May I ask what model your pack is? I'm looking at the Global 65l - the dimensions are 16x28x10. (way too big for a carry on)
I fly out in a couple weeks, bought a nice canvas duffle bag just for that purpose, then realized the heavy pack is IMPOSSIBLE to carry that way with a shoulder strap...it just may slice my arm off. So, I'd have to stuff it in the bag at the last minute at the travel counter, which means I'd spend most of my trip having to store away the rolled up bag until I needed it again. So, I'm tempted to ignore that concern all together and see if the airlines (US Airways and United) have something at the counter for that purpose.
Anyone know if I can get away with travelling the world without providing my own method of securing the straps?? I don't know how I'd find a feed sack at this point nor do I want to take up the space to carry one around for the whole trip.
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In some airports (Edmonton and Montreal are the only ones in my personal experience) Air Canada has had plastic bags for putting over the backpack. They haven't had these (when I was there, anyway) in Wabush(Labrador), Vancouver, Victoria or Paris. Notice how the one flight when it was damaged, it was in a plastic bag. I blame the baggage handlers at Heathrow.
So end story - not protecting your bag properly does pose a risk. In my personal experiences, the risk is not high, and I wouldn't worry about it, but there's no guarantee.
Also - my bag can't be locked, and I have never had anything stolen from it.
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