Another stupid luggage question --
Does a purse or backpack count as a carry-on? DD#1 is flying soon and has a perfect carry-on size bag. But she wants to bring her rather large purse (or her backpack) with her.
I'm betting not the back-pack, but what about her rather large purse?
When I've flown, I could carry on one "carry-on bag" and one "personal item". The rule as I understood it (for the airlines I flew on) is that your "personal item" must fit under the seat in front of you. If the flight is full, they usually announce that your personal item must
be placed under the seat in front of you if you have two items. Unfortunately, they don't seem to actually enforce this.
My backpack usually fits fine under the seat, although it doesn't give me a lot of footroom, especially on small planes. I've never had any issue carrying my rolling carry-on and a backpack--no one has questioned it. I would encourage her to take either the purse or backpack in addition to the carry-on bag, and pack everything she wants access to on the flight (or that she doesn't want out of her possession) in that bag. If the flight is full and all the bins fill up or if she goes on a small plane with small overhead bins, she may be required to gate-check the roller bag, but she'll still have her purse or backpack.