I am thinking of buying this pack for international travel to africa. I hope to bring it as my carry on item on the plane. has anyone found that they have been restricted in bringing this pack on plane as their carry one item?
I travelled internationally by Lufthansa in 2011 and used this bag as carry on. There were no issues then. Airline regulations change quite often, so I recommend checking with your airline on the dimensions of the carry on they allow.
My son flew to Europe in August and carried this on a Delta flight with no problems.
I flew Continental to Belgium about a year ago and had no issues taking this carry-on. It may depend on how full you have it, though. I think what helped was cinching down the straps and carrying it with the grey handle on the back like a duffel.
I've never brought the Courser 40 on a flight, at least not yet. I normally use the pack as my hunting/hiking pack, but I am planning to use it as my carry on for my trip to Italy soon though. Carry On requires vary from airline to airline, so I recommend searching your specific airlines carry on restrictions. I can tell you that the pack is a little bigger than most backpacks you'd use for school, but not huge by far. If you packed it full and maxed out the pack to capacity, it'd probably a call made by the flight attendants. I've carried on a duffel bag stuffed to capacity, which is twice the size of the Courser. If you are planning to bring an additional check-in bag and are unsure if you'll get away with using the Courser as a carry-on, I suggest flattening the Courser and packing it with you check-in. It wouldn't take up much space at all and it is always good to have a day pack when traveling. For the most part, I am pretty happy with the bag, but it has some design limitations such as height adjustment and support adjustments that make it slightly uncomfortable to use for long periods. I have a different day pack that is a lot larger that accommodate height and width adjustments for different people, but the Courser has a must better design for overall comfort. All in all, I am completely satisfied and happy with the Courser. It is an excellent buy. If you are still unsure about it, I suggest looking at a few other packs as well and comparing them. You'll want something that is comfortable as well as functional for your Africa trip. Hope that helps. Good luck.