I started this series in December 2009, when I wrote a post about the space available under seats in Southwest’s 737 (-700 series) planes. Southwest had published its under-seat dimensions, but I felt that more info would be helpful. Here’s the second in the series, for JetBlue’s Embraer 190 planes.
Keep in mind that most domestic and international airlines have rules about the maximum size of in-cabin pet carriers they allow on board (see Dog Jaunt’s handy charts under the “Taking your pet on a plane” tab above).
JetBlue Embraer 190
An Embraer 190 holds about 100 passengers, so it’s a smallish plane. Knowing that, I was worried about using Chloe’s large SturdiProducts carrier, and chose instead to use a new carrier that I’ll be reviewing soon. The new carrier was great, but I shouldn’t have worried. It turns out that the SturdiProducts bag would have worked fine.
There are two seats on each side of the aisle. There is a bulkhead in front of the first row, so you can’t sit there with a dog, nor can you sit in the exit row. The rest of the rows are the same, and they all have a shared underseat space measuring 9″ tall by 37″ wide by about 16″ deep (that is, front to back). The 9″ height is quite fixed in the middle portion of the underseat space, since it’s defined by a metal bracket; for about a foot on each side of the bracket, however, you can squeak in another inch or so.
The SturdiProducts bag has a very flexible top, so it could have bent to fit under the bracket. It will just fit, lengthwise, in your half of the available 37″ width. The bag I was using doesn’t flex as much, height-wise, and it’s 10.5″ tall, so I chose to put it under the seat front-to-back, just to the side of the metal bracket, and that was acceptable.