I ran into this flying out of Louisville at Easter. I had a smallish roller bag and my day pack. Security asked me if I had a laptop in my daypack, I said "no", and they said I would need to check one piece. I talked with a supervisor, and got nowhere.
So, it seems this was how they determined if my daypack was a briefcase or not. I suppose I could have argued my palm & keyboard qualified, but I didn't want to get delayed anymore or incur the wrath of the security screeners.
I've not run into this elsewhere--yet.
I would hate to have to start carrying my laptop just so I can do carryon with my suitcase. It seems counterproductive for them to have us add things to in order to be able to carry more on.
I've flown several times (on USAirways) since the "one carryon and one personal item" started, using a small backpack as the "personal item" every time. It's never been a problem, which is why this member's message surprised me.
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This is being enforced only in some airports at some times. We recently stuffed all our stuff into one carry-on each for a month-long trip only to find that people were boarding with three carry-ons. I sat in the SFO terminal recently and had a difficult time finding anyone with less than one carry-on. Problem is you just never know.
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My sister was told she could not take a small backpack through security in STL two weeks ago. She stuffed it into her rollaboard and went on through. On the other hand, I consistently travel with a large computer bag and a duffel that is about the same size without any issues.
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by FWAAA: I'd say - check with your airline.</font>
I guess I'd be more tempted to call the airport. It wasn't a problem for me going PHX to SDF, but it was on the return trip, same airline. Unfortunately, it looks like changing planes in between could even present a problem
I suspect it varies by day and staff person.
[This message has been edited by j379pa (edited 04-30-2002).]