Quickie: suit bag as a personal bag?

Old Mar 18, 23, 3:56 pm
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Quickie: suit bag as a personal bag?

I have a flight coming up in PE out, Club back. Id like to travel hand luggage only. I have a small wheeled case which works as a cabin bag. My second piece of hand luggage is a suit bag. This exceeds the 12x16x6 dimensional requirement.

Chances of me having to check one of those as hold luggage, or will I get waved through?

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Old Mar 19, 23, 2:41 am
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Bump. Anyone?
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Old Mar 19, 23, 2:45 am
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Have a look here to see what people get away with. In particular the last post.

If we care, we cannot carry on with this carry-on madness
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If you are referring to a thin suit/garment cover I dont think it will be a problem. If its an actual garment bag with wheels etc. then it likely will be a no-go.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 2:57 am
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The spirit of the personal item is something one should typically be able to keep at their feet without using locker space (eg handbag, small backpack, computer bag).

That said, as posted above, if you mean a simple garment protection its unlikely to be an issue as long as you are aware it will certainly be over or under your or someone elses bag in the locker rather than have its own space (in those cases, Id put it directly on top of my own carry on). If you mean anything on wheels or that would not fit on top of other bags in the lockers and would require its own dedicated locker footprint, then Im afraid thats a no go and rightly so as there isnt enough space in the lockers on a busy flight for anyone to get more overhead space than whats allowed for their main carry on and there is no wardrobe in wt+).
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Old Mar 19, 23, 3:04 am
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Should be fine, but as others have said expect it not to be hung in a pristine manner on the WT+ sector.

As a side note, fascinated that anyone still wears a suit!
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Thanks all. No wheels on the suit bag.

As to wearing a suit, its court dress, and the other stuff Im taking is for the same purpose. I can really afford for any of it to end up as lost or delayed baggage.
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Ive done this often (for exactly the same reason), including in ET. You wont have a problem.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 5:32 am
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Thanks all. No wheels on the suit bag.

As to wearing a suit, its court dress, and the other stuff Im taking is for the same purpose. I can really afford for any of it to end up as lost or delayed baggage.
that makes sense - and yes you should be fine with a simple garment carrier.
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I often see them and the crew will usually take good care of them.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 8:16 am
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Suit bag with the one long zipper are fine as personal item. Expect it to get stuffed inside the overhead though.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Greg66 View Post
Thanks all. No wheels on the suit bag.

As to wearing a suit, it’s court dress, and the other stuff I’m taking is for the same purpose. I can really afford for any of it to end up as lost or delayed baggage.
Court dress: Gown rolled up and in hand luggage; bands and collars interleaved in a book; wig, hand luggage; suit, hand luggage.....no need for suit carrier....that's what irons and hangers are for at your destination.
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Old Mar 19, 23, 6:16 pm
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Because follow up matters

It was all fine. T5 was rammed, with N&S security overloaded at just past noon on Sunday. Airside was also rammed and being in lowly PE my only shot at a lounge was Club Aspire, which had a 1 hour wait time. We had quite a late hearing date notification, and I remember missing out on the last J seat, which I think my oppo snagged based on him being in front of me at the immigration queue on arrival. I dont believe in omens, which is just as well.

My carry on (the truly excellent Away Travel Bigger Carry On) went into the overhead locker on a 777 with the suiter on top with room to spare. So all good. Or, as we lawyers like to say, Sall GoodMan!

Not sure I fancy ironing on arrival, personally, and I wouldnt fancy putting a starched wing collar in a book - they are about as yielding as a horseshoe!

Thanks to all whove chipped it. It helped to put my mind at ease.
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