Shop Tom Bihn
Tom Bihn Forums: Community discussion on travel bags, laptop bags, and backpacks. Tom Bihn has been designing and making bags since 1972. The best materials and innovative construction.

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    Aeronaut under the seat?

    Hi everyone,

    I have been poking around the forums today but couldn't find anything specifically on this question. Has anyone put an Aeronaut under the seat when on board, say, an A319/320? Assume there is no AV box or inconveniently located strut for simplicity (since I assume an Aeronaut wouldn't fit if either of those were present).

  2. #2
    Forum Member bchaplin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    I don't have any direct data; I have only taken the Aeronaut on one flight, on a smaller regional jet. But I feel like it is too large to go under a coach-class seat. MAYBE if the ends are empty, it isn't filled to capacity, and so it can be scrunched a little, lengthwise...

  3. #3
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    As stated, it all depends on how much you pack. Technically, it's too long. However, if not packed too tightly, and you push it under the seat in front of you while the FA's are doing their final checks, you should be okay.

    You make it look like you're stretching your legs as much as possible but in reality you're scrunching the bag under the seat so it passes "nothing blocking the aisle" muster.

    One other tip, don't try this in the emergency row.
    Editor--One Bag, One World: News, Reviews & Community for Light Travelers.

    Aeronaut(2), Tri-Star(2) Cadet , Large Cafe Bag, Travel Tray, Travel Money Belt, Absolute Straps(3), Side Effect, Clear Quarter Packing Cubes (2), 3D Organizer Cubes (4), Aeronaut & Tri-Star Packing Cubes, Clear Organizer Wallet, numerous Organizer Pouches,, Guardian Dual Function Light, Vertical Netbook Cache, Nexus 7 Cache, RFID Passport Pouch, numerous Key Straps.

  4. #4
    Volunteer Moderator Badger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Badger State
    I had a pretty tightly packed Aeronaut on my recent trip (search for the Three Weeks with an Aeronaut thread for my packing list) and I had to put it under the seat between JFK-FCO. A long, long time. It fit, but my legs were kind of cramped. It was a jumbo jet of some sort, but I was sitting by the window so my under-seat area was about half the size of my seatmates'.

  5. #5
    Volunteer Moderator
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Honolulu, HI
    @JLE Just to add to the comments by Frank and bchaplin, take a look at the picture SusanM posted of the Tri-Star under a Southwest airlines seat:

    Quote Originally Posted by SusanM View Post
    conejo23: "has anyone flown Southwest with the Tri-Star and been able to fit a reasonably packed one under the seat in front of you?"

    I posted this here last year. The photo was taken on a Southwest 737. It shows my Tri-Star and Co-Pilot.
    Maybe it will help.

    Now, realize that the Aeronaut is 3 inches longer than the Tri-Star. If the end pockets are left mostly empty, you can recover space by scrunching the bag. It's not the width of the bag, but the length. I can fit a not-overpacked Tri-Star under the window row seat of a Boeing 717, such as used by Hawaiian Airlines for inter-island flight, with maybe 60% of the width of the seat shown in Susan's picture. I could do the same with an Aeronaut, but the ends would stick out, unless compressed.


  6. #6
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Thanks everyone, for these helpful responses!

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts