I've done a search, but seen nothing very recent or which really answered, so I thought I'd try a post.
We're flying American Airlines to Rome in April, then after a week plan on taking an Alitalia Flight to Brussels for a short visit. We'll catch a train to Paris, then home. As you can tell, the Alitalia flight is the problem.
It's a good flight and the price is right. However, I'm worried about the carry-on restrictions. My husband had planned on taking his laptop, using the extra space for his undies, toothbrush, etc. He also uses a CPAP machine and after two weeks of phone calls, I have confirmation he can carry it on too. I was planning on a small carry-on for my meds, toiletries, a change of clothes, etc. and my purse. FWIW, I take a LOT of meds and they'll take up quite a bit of space, although they aren't all that heavy, but they'll have some weight to them. I was told by the last agent I talked to at Alitalia they allow a carry-on AND a "personal item". However, their website doesn't say that - it says a laptop is "hand luggage" and doesn't say anything about a "personal item" at all. We're planning on sharing a moderate sized suitcase for clothing.
So...my worries/questions are this. 1) Will they really allow a "personal item" AND a carry-on? 2) Does the "personal item" also have to weigh less than 11 lbs?
The laptop without the case is about 5! I haven't weighed it case and all yet, but all those cables, etc. will weigh something. My carry-on bag is 4 1/2 empty, and while I can find a lighter bag, I thought maybe I could stuff all the meds, etc. in a largish purse and check the carry-on instead, since we otherwise only have one checked bag and we can have two, but that might make the purse too heavy. - Let me qualify that by saying I DOUBT it would. 11 lbs is really quite a bit of weight. But I want to be safe here.
PLEASE - Don't tell me to pack lighter. We've never flown internationally and we're doing the best we can. I WOULD appreciate some insite into what you DO make sure you have in your carry-on and wouldn't check in hold baggage. Med's are a given. Anything else?
I've heard worrisome things about Alitalia and lost luggage. But surely a little 2 hour hop to Brussels shouldn't be too big of a gamble? Right?
Does anyone know the answer?Edited: 16 December 2009, 22:30