ITA Airways hand baggage policy states :

ITA SpA also lets you bring an accessory of your choice from the following:

  • Handbag
  • Work backpack
  • Laptop computer

I am confused about what does work backpack mean?

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    For me a backpack could be two somewhat different things - one would be a backpack that you might use to take things to school or work, the other would be a large backpack you'd take if going hiking for several days (see here ). When I first read your question that is what I thought the distinction might be.
    – Midavalo
    Commented Jul 25, 2022 at 18:10
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    Yes, saying 'work backpack' when describing hand baggage means it isn't a large one that you'll use for hiking or camping. When I was a child, office workers and school children never used a backback, but a briefcase held in one hand. Now, they are a popular alternative. They are calling it an 'accessory'. Commented Jul 25, 2022 at 18:25
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    Sounds like a literal translation of "day pack" as opposed to a "hiking/tramping pack"
    – Criggie
    Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 2:34
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    @Criggie There's some regional issues on that--I (Southwest US) routinely hike while wearing a day pack. The division is between day packs and ones meant for a longer duration (bigger, to carry a tent/sleeping stuff/perhaps a bear canister.) Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 2:40

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I actually found found the page in Italian which is way more helpful and it is in fact a translation issue and work backpack doesn't mean more than a normal backpack.

It is said :

In aggiunta ITA Airways ti consente di portare un accessorio a scelta tra i seguenti:

  • Zainetto
  • Borsetta
  • Pc portatile

Which is the same thing as above, with Zainetto meaning backpack and Borsetta meaning handbag

A drawing of the allowance is also present on that page

  • 45 x 36 x 20 is rather generous -- it's the same as easyJet. 40 x 30 is more typical. OTOH the primary 55 x 35 x 25 is unusually stingy. sheet.
    – user4188
    Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 5:07

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