I have to react to Don's suggestion that carryon baggage be limited to a woman's purse or a man's briefcase. First, I find it sexist that he doesn't just say a briefcase or purse but assumes that no women carry briefcases. Second, I cannot imagine letting go of my laptop when getting on a plane. So I need a bag that will hold it allowed as a carryon. I don't abuse the carryon rules, but if I am travelling abroad or to an important event I want a rollaboard bag with a change of clothes. I was under strict orders from my mother to carry on my bridesmaid dress for my brother's wedding. When we bought the supplies to have the dresses made my luggage was damaged on the trip home. By some miracle, all the supplies survived intact and only my brand new (never wet) bathing suit was lost. I did not want to tempt fate by checking that dress again. Nine times out of ten I have very little to carry on, but on that 10th trip I need what I need.
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