The last time we flew, we were loaded into a very small plane. The smaller-than-usual overhead bins were filling up fast, and there wasn’t much space. People were being asked to check their bags at the gate. Of course, we won’t check our camera gear – it’s far too fragile. But lucky for us, that’s never a problem. Our Loka’s always fit neatly into overhead bins – even on small planes. You can see that my fully-packed bag isn’t being smashed, despite the small bin.
But what if the bins are all full? Well – there’s still no need to worry. All f-stop Mountain Series backpacks use ICU’s – that’s an Internal Camera Unit. If you are forced to check your bag, you can simply slide the ICU out, zip it up, and it fits neatly under your seat. I’ve only had to do this twice – both times on tiny planes that were packed to the gills. But, both times, I removed my ICU, left a few items I didn’t mind checking (jacket, gloves, first aid kit, etc.) inside the bag, and placed the ICU under the set in front of me. After the flight, I retrieved my checked Loka, and put the ICU back in place. No problem at all!