I have a soft backpack which I like to stuff things in when flying. I always stow it under the seat in front of me in the airplane. I assume that this means it is considered a “personal item” rather than a carry on.
However, for a flight I will be going on soon with Air Berlin, an airline I have never used before, I will have to take a carry-on. I’m hoping be able to also take my backpack, and I assumed they’ll let me without issue, but I was looking at their website and found this on 2016-05-17:
On each flight, you can take one item of hand baggage into the cabin, which may weigh up to 8 kg. The dimensions may not exceed 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm. Please check the size of your hand baggage in the racks provided at check-in.
In addition one of the following items (max. 40 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm; 2 kg) may be taken into the cabin free of charge:
a laptop case
a lady’s handbag, a lady’s purse or a gentlemen’s handbag
The back of my backpack can be 50cm but, begin soft, can be squished down to 40/41cm when my laptop is packed in it. And my backpack’s width is 35cm and it might have a bit of give if squished. And its depth will probably be at least 23cm even if I pack it sparingly.
Is it safe to bring my backpack as my personal item in addition to my carry-on? Would I be able to be 100% confident that if I bought a laptop case that fit the smaller specs/should I probably pursue that option?