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Which seat works best with an in-cabin dog? [JetBlue A320]

We returned to Seattle on a JetBlue Airbus 320, so once again I crawled around under my row of seats with a tape measure, and here are the results. This post is part of an ongoing series recording under-seat measurements of the various planes we fly on. 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 A320

An A320 is a good-sized plane, comparable in size to a Boeing 737 and holding about 150 passengers. JetBlue’s A320s have three seats on each side of the aisle. There is a bulkhead in front of the first row of seats, so you can’t sit there or in the exit rows. There is only one class of seats, so the following measurements apply to all of the rows.

Your best choices are the aisle seat or the window seat.  The middle seat has boxes for electronics on the top and on one side, leaving an available space of only 8″ tall and 16.5″ wide. By contrast, the aisle seat space measures about 9″ tall and 19″ wide, and the window seat space measures about 9″ tall and 17″ wide. All three under-seat spaces are about 17″ deep (that is, measured from front to back). [2/28/11 Perhaps there are different A320 configurations in the JetBlue fleet? Today we flew on a JetBlue A320, and although the result is still the same (choose an aisle first, window second, and there is no third), the measurements were slightly different. On this plane, the aisle under-seat space was 10″ tall and 19″ wide and the middle under-seat space was 7.5″ tall and 19.75″ wide. I couldn’t measure the window under-seat space, because my seat mate was already in place.]

However, consider stowing your carrier front-to-back, not side-to-side. I’m writing this note on 8/14/11, just after a recent couple of flights on JetBlue, in an A320. I chose an aisle seat, but because I wanted to pat Chloe during take-off and landing, I stowed her bag front-to-back (instead of my usual left-to-right). As you can see from the picture below, it didn’t stick out too badly (I was helped by the fact that my seat mate had a truly enormous pet carrier, so mine looked petite by comparison). I like having the option of stowing Chloe’s bag correctly, if a flight attendant makes a fuss, but given how well this worked, I might consider a middle seat next time. It would be nice to sit next to my husband on these flights, instead of across the aisle.

We chose the extra legroom option on these flights, so that’s why you can only see my feet, not my entire lap.

55 comments

  • Edie

    I’m picturing Chloe looking at you with a bemused expression as you crawl around on her level with a measuring tape (or maybe she’s perched on a seat while you’re below — careful, the Dominance Police will fine you). Seriously, good for you for doing this. It’s extremely useful information.

  • It IS a funny sight, no doubt about it. And Michele, I hear you. I’d prefer an aisle seat, generally, but the deck seems to be stacked against me — either my husband snags it (and he has a greater need than I do), or it has one of those wretched rails cutting off a big portion of the under-seat space, and it’s too tight a squeeze for Chloe. Sigh.

  • Maggie

    Mary-Alice, thanks so much for all the useful information! – I cannot tell you how much better I feel about traveling with my four-legged little buddy!… My husband and I are taking our 15-pound, 6-month old Westie with us for a week-long trip to Florida (from San Francisco) and the thought of it all was really stressing me out. I’ve been reading your blog, and have found so much detailed and helpful information, I’m sure everything will be just fine (knock on wood) – We are taking a direct JetBlue flight, and funny thing is that most of the complaints and criticisms I’ve read online are directed at JetBlue and its policies. Our Fergus fits inside a medium Sherpa bag, but I would prefer he gets a little extra room in a large bag. We are paying for “extra-room” seats….. On the phone, a JetBlue rep told me the dimensions of the under seat space was 26″L 18″W 12″H, so a Large soft-sided Sherpa bag should fit there just fine … Do you think I should risk it?…Again THANK YOU for all the info. I’m going to spread the word with my friends and family about your blog -this info is too valuable to not share! (and I’m a PR consultant, after all) 🙂

  • Phil E. Stein

    I’ll be relocating from NYC to Portland, OR with my 4.5 year old American Short-Hair. I’ve received conflicting dimensions on the space beneath the EML seats on JetBlue. My usual Sherpa carrier is about 18″W x 10.5″H x 9″W and the JetBlue brand is a lot smaller. I’ll follow the rules to be safe, but I want her to be relatively comfortable. Are JetBlue real sticklers in these areas? Any ideas?

  • Hi, Phil! Whenever we travel on JetBlue, we use Chloe’s large SturdiBag, which is about the same size as your Sherpa carrier. It has been no trouble at all. JetBlue typically does check her paperwork, and once weighed her, so in that regard they can be sticklers, but the bag has never been a problem. Safe travels, and let us know how it goes!

  • Brandie

    Hi all,
    I’m a flight attendant on jetBlue. I’m going to be taking my own dog on our plane soon and have been measuring under our seats also, because my little dachshund doesn’t fit in the jetBlue dog carrier that we sell because he’s a little too long. That made me question the dimensions. I’m getting the same measurements you are Mary-Alice, and I’ve noticed sometimes it’s a little different but not too much. Also, you can’t sit in the middle seat at all with a pet because the TV box is under there and it gets really hot and could burn the pet, so not an option on jetBlue. I haven’t tried the extra leg room seats yet so I’m gonna have to check that too. I know some of our flight attendants are sticklers for the rules, but that’s just because they have had a bad experience with a not so nice dog owner that ruined it for the rest of us. I think most of them should be fine if they are soft sided and you can squish them a bit . The only ones I’ve seen not work is the hard ones and they are too tall. Happy flying!! 🙂

  • Thank you so much for your comment, Brandie! Who would know better than a flight attendant?! I hope you and your pup have an excellent flight together.

  • Marc

    We are flying JetBlue (not sure which plane) in January and have to purchase a pet carrier for our mini aussie. Did you use the sturdibag that was 18x12x12 or the 18x10x10?
    Our dog is about 10 pounds, tall and thin. Do they actually look to see if he can walk around inside?
    We are also considering Kobipet bags, but it looks like the Sturdibag can squish easier to fit underneath the seat.
    Are the seats that have extra leg room available on all JetBlue flights? We may have to consider that. Thank you.

  • Hi, Marc — Thanks so much for your comment! Our SturdiBag is the 18X12X12 — Chloe is about 12″ at the shoulders, so she needs that height. We have never had someone require a demonstration that Chloe can turn around, but once when she was jammed up in one end of her carrier, I had to do some fast talking to explain that she’d made a temporary choice to curl up, and had plenty of additional room available. I have heard of people being asked to show that their dog can move around easily, however. I get the sense that a quick confirming glance is the norm, and a demonstration may be required if it looks like a dog is really filling his carrier to capacity. The Kobi pet carrier looks amazing — I hadn’t seen it before your note, so thank you! That length extender? Very cool. It’s really too short for Chloe, but I’ll certainly be taking a look at it. I’ll need to get hold of one, in fact, before I can comment on how much height it can lose, so I’m afraid I can’t help you there just yet. I believe that the extra-legroom seats are available on all JetBlue flights — here’s a link with more info: http://www.jetblue.com/flying-on-jetblue/onboard/even-more.asp All good wishes to you and your pup on your upcoming flight!

  • Heather

    Wow thanks for all the post. This is more than helpful. To say the least my dog is pushing the max! I have the exact same pet bag as photoed. I just hope they dont ask for the turn around demo its going to be tight. I’m headed from Puerto Rico to Fl early in the morning. I’ll post any new info.
    Thanks
    H.

  • Christy

    First off, let me start by saying how amazingly helpful this site has been. I’m traveling alone for the first time with my small cocker spaniel, Pearl (same size as Chloe) and reading all these posts and comments has really provided me with some much needed relief.

    I’ll be flying JetBlue from Boston to Buffalo (quick flight), and read that you’ve had JetBlue check Chloe’s paperwork. But on Jet Blue’s site, they don’t mention any required documentation for domestic travel. What have you been asked to show and recommend bringing for a JetBlue flight?

    I’ve purchased the large SturdiBag for Pearl. Very happy with it so far!

    thanks!

  • Hi, Christy! Thanks so much for your comment (and for your kind words). JetBlue used to require a health certificate, but they don’t any more. In a perfect world, you’d still get one, because New York requires it — but between you, me, and the wall, I don’t get a health certificate if the airline doesn’t require it. I do travel with a current copy of Chloe’s shot record. So glad the large SturdiBag is a hit — we’d be sucking swamp water, as a former colleague used to say, without ours. Safe travels, and please let us know how it goes!

  • Andrea

    I don’t suppose you have a photo for this model plane that shows the carrier oriented right-left rather than front-back? My first flight with my dog will be on a JetBlueA320 at the end of December. I purchased the large Sturdibag at your suggestion (my dog is one of those near-the-limits for air travel types – he can definitely spin around without a problem in the Sturdibag, but his being thin and nimble helps that), and I’m really paranoid as it looks SO much larger than the JetBlue bag.

    Thank you for all of your help and advice, it has made me feel so much better about the whole process!

  • Hi, Andrea! No, all I have is the one in the post, where it’s oriented front-to-back. That totally works, though, as you can see — but if you want to go left-to-right, the aisle is the choice for you. At 19″ wide, it’ll let the 18″ long SturdiBag slot in comfortably.

  • Esther

    I just book my first flight with my min pin Franklin. Now i am stressing about his height and what will and wont be allowed on the plane. Jetblue’s 8.5″ height limit worries me most. Frank is only 10lbs but 13″ tall….at the shoulder so having the 12″h bag would be ideal but i dont want to be turned away at check in. The Flight for him wont be a spa day but he is only 5″ tall laying down & can spin around so Im not worried….its the airline that worries me since he will look a bit cramped. Is my worry justified? Any suggestions? My husband is getting sick of my panic and we still have 6 weeks till the flight!

  • Truly, Esther, don’t worry. Chloe weighs 13 lbs. and stands 12″ tall at the shoulder. She’s substantially larger than a Min Pin. She travels in a large SturdiBag on JetBlue frequently — in fact, she’ll be on a JetBlue flight in just over a week — and she and the large SturdiBag work fine. Truly. And when you’re making your way through the airport and onto the plane, do not reveal your concern. Project an aura of confidence, as if you do this all the time. Do not ask the airline folks if the dog/carrier will be okay, because the fact is that they have to follow the rules, and the rules say the carrier is too big. In fact, however, it will work fine. Truly!

  • Andrea

    Esther, don’t worry! In January, I did two JetBlue flights with my 20 lbs. beagle in a large sturdibag, with no problems whatsoever. As I mentioned in a previous post, he can turn around in the bag. He was pretty cramped while under the seat (though he did not make any fuss whatsoever, so maybe he wasn’t as cramped as he seemed), but fortunately JetBlue only requires they be under the seat for take-off and landing. As soon as the seatbelt sign goes off, pull your bag out under your legs (or on your lap) so it can stand at full size. My 20 lbs. boy was sleeping, looking quite comfortable and content, in his large sturdibag while we were in the air.

  • Esther

    Thank you both for the support here! Looks like confidence and practice are what get you through! This page is great; been reading non-stop to build up my confidence so pup can have the best experience possible!
    One more quick question…thoughts on aisle vs window seat? I booked a window seat thinking there would be less commotion (& to help keep me calm since Im not a flying fan and its just me & pup on this trip) but inretrospect maybe the aisle is better for getting in and out & getting some contact during the flight? What’s has been your experience?
    Thank you again!

  • Hi, Esther — Sometimes the aisle seat has a rail that makes the under-seat space smaller; sometimes the window seat’s side wall slopes in so much that it too cuts down on the available space. The middle seat, sadly, is the best bet. The other two options often work, as you’ll see in Dog Jaunt’s list of measured under seat spaces, but the middle seat typically has the most room.

  • Esther

    Thanks Mary-Alice. Ill keep that in mind. I am flying Jetblue so I was staying away from the middle seat due to all the talk of the electrical boxes that are located under the middle seat. I think Franklin would do better with a little tight on the sides versus only have 8″ top clearance. I have gone on Jetblue countless times; just wish I could remember the detail!

  • Kris

    Hi Mary-Alice!
    My furry kitty & I have been frequent fliers on JetBlue ever since they started out. She is great at flying coast-to-coast. This year she is 13yrs old & I am looking to give her the most space possible in a carrier; she’s old & has earned it! We have always used a collapsible (because we live in NYC) Nylabone plastic&metal carrier (that slides under the seat with room to spare (it measure 12″W x 16-3/4″L x 7-3/4″H). She is 7.5lbs.
    I am familiar w/JetBlue’s carrier/under seat bag dimension restrictions, but….I want to get her a new carrier that has the absolute maximum dimensions possible.
    I always fly extra-space aisle seats when she is with me. Is there more under seat space in these “extra space seats” than in the normal rows (or just the pathway/legroom is increased)??
    I generally like the idea of the more rigid carriers because she is slightly more protected from people (kicking, tripping, falling, pushing the bag) but understand that a soft-sided bag will probably fit better…assuming it doesn’t collapse down onto her!
    Can you recommend a carrier that “closed” is 15″W x 18″L x 8-8.5″H (12″H if squishy)? And that might have an expandable space that unzips to give more room (for after takeoff)? I see that you use the Sturdibag Large (18x12x12), but even that doesn’t reach the max in all dimensions under the seat (18x15x8-8.5)….
    I don’t suppose you know of any carriers that fit all my requirements above & also come on 4wheels (that are removable)??
    [ I swear, I am going to have to commission the perfect airline pet carrier…because there is nothing that is chic {I will not use those monstrous baby stroller type pet carts!}, smart, efficient, w/4 removable wheels, w/telescoping handle {that doesn’t tip & make animal stand sideways}, & that is as large as possible, yet adaptable!]
    Please let me know about the exact sizes of the under seat measurements in regular seats vs. even more space seats; & ideas for a bag that maximizes all the dimensions allowed.
    THANKS!

  • Kris

    Also—
    Has anyone tried flying JetBlue with a SleepyPod round?
    It measures 17″ round with a height of 11.5″…..just wondering if it has any squish-room to make it fit into 15″width & 8.5″ height of under seat dimension….
    Thanks!

  • Hi, Kris! I just flew again on Jet Blue a couple of days ago, so I can report that the space under the even-more-room seats is the same as elsewhere in the plane — you just have more pitch room to lean down and communicate with your dog. I hear you about the rolling situation — chic is just not available. Creature Leisure’s Pet Pilot XL was chic, but it’s been discontinued. I think the best choice right now, if you don’t want to take the stroller approach described by another reader (http://www.dogjaunt.com/2013/01/readers-report-pet-stroller-as-airport-layover-solution-under-seat-space-on-uniteds-embraer-rj-145/ ), is to get a Medium Snoozer Roll Around (a large carrier, but used successfully by many travelers — but the wheels are permanent), or use the combination of the large SturdiBag and the rolling “small personal item” I talked about here: http://www.dogjaunt.com/2012/07/an-alternative-to-a-wheeled-carrier-for-your-larger-in-cabin-pet/ The large SturdiBag really does use all the available room under a JetBlue seat — I know you’re seeing a few extra inches of available width (15″, you said, and the large SturdiBag is only 12″ wide), but in practice, you’ll see that the bag pretty much fills the space. Let us know what you decide to do, and safe travels!

  • Hi, Kris — I’ll let other people respond to this one. I’ve held and patted the regular-sized Sleepypod, and its top seemed too stiff to compress sufficiently. The mini Sleepypod would work well, but the space INSIDE that carrier is too small for Chloe, so I haven’t pursued it.

  • Elizabeth Nolan

    Brandie:
    Thank you so much. I’m reassured on two fronts. You’re a flight attendant on Jet Blue and like me your little dachshund is a little too big for the Jet Blue bag!

    Tahnk you, Thank, Thank you!

  • Esther

    So tomorrow is the big day; Franklin’s first plane ride. I had so much confidence in him but this past week we had to put our other dog down and now Franklin is a little off. To help him out I want to make things as painless as possible… this leads me to 2 questions for anyone with experience on JetBlue flights
    1. When is the best time to board the plane? I was thinking towards the end of boarding to limit smoosh time but I don’t know if perhaps being on board earlier would let him adjust before take-off.
    2. How is the best way to get his bag under the seat? I have an aisle seat so is the angle large enough I can just slide him in from the aisle under the seat? He still HATES being carried in the bag so I’m guessing angling it down to get him in would make for an unhappy pup.

    Thanks again for all the help & advice!
    Esther

  • Hi, Esther — I am so sorry to hear about your other dog’s passing. That hurts so much, and you’re right, it throws everyone into a strange state of being. I like how you’re thinking ahead and trying to ease things for Franklin. I would just board when you normally would — it helps to arrive in an empty row, really, because then you’re not trying to fit yourself around other people and their stuff, and there’s an empty seat to put your own gear on while you step into your row and get the carrier in place. Having the aisle seat likely means that you can keep his carrier level and just lower it in the plane aisle nearly to the floor, move it into your row and then angle it into his under-seat space, all below the level of the seat edge. Typically there is just enough space between tray table and seat edge that you can lower the carrier past them, then rotate it into place (if you’re in a middle or window seat), but you’re right — in some planes, Chloe briefly finds herself on a slope as I push her carrier downwards towards the floor. That shouldn’t happen to you in an aisle seat.

  • Carol

    Hi, Help please! I will be flying with my little adorable mutt, Abby, in May on JetBlue from SF to NYC. I am nervous about the weight restriction that JetBlue advertises (20 lb. for carrier and dog). Hopefully, we will make that. Abby is 14 lbs. and carrier. 5.51 (sherpa medium on wheels). Are they real strict on that? And, will I need a health certificate to show upon arrival in NYC? Thanks for all of the information on this site!

  • Hi, Carol — I believe you’ll be just fine, weight-wise. Chloe, at 13 lbs., doesn’t fit in the medium Sherpa on wheels, but your pup may be configured differently than she is — a short, stockier dog would likely do better than leggy her. Re the health certificate question, please take a look at this post: http://www.dogjaunt.com/2009/07/u-s-airlines-requirements-for-health-certificates/ You’ll need to decide for yourself, of course, but I can’t remember the last time I got a health certificate for Chloe for interstate U.S. travel.

  • Stacey

    Hi Mary-Alice,

    I’m so glad you have created this site! I’m flying for the first time with my small pug Lucca (14 lbs) since she has been full grown (I’ve done it twice when she was a puppy) on Jet Blue from Boston to Chicago. She is about 11 or 12 inches from the floor to her shoulders too, like Chloe. I see that you recommend the Sturdi bag in size large (18x12x12)- is this the right one? http://www.petco.com/product/108836/SturdiBag-Purple-Pet-Carrier.aspx

    Is the ventilation okay?

    Have you ever flown out of Boston by any chance? Also, where do they talk about the “size” of the carrier? At check-in, or just at boarding?

    Also this plane I know is small, just 2 seats on each side. Do you know if the seat space underneath may be different then?

    Any help you can give would be much appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Stacey

  • John

    Hello. I LOVE this site. How funny that so many people have worries about this topic. I have a Jack Russell Terrier that was the runt of the litter, so she is small for her breed. She is 12″ tall at shoulders. This whole process worries me because I don’t want to be turned away because she is too big. From the other posts, it sounds as if they are not that strict with the dog being able to stand comfortably in a 9″ height. Do they ever measure the carriers?

    What would happen if they didn’t allow you to take your pet onboard? Obviously at that point you have no time to drive back home and return to your flight.

    Also, this dog is a barker. Is there any way to induce sleep without hurting the dog? Like Benadryl?

  • Hi, John — Thank you! Chloe too is 12″ tall at the shoulders, and we have always gotten onboard. If your dog strikes a ticketing agent as just too darned large for her carrier, problems can arise — there were a few reported incidents on Southwest a couple of years ago — but a JRT Chloe’s size should sail through. If you were not able to talk your way out of a problem, you’d likely be offered the chance to put your dog underneath, in a purchased crate (if your airline accepts pets in the planes’ bellies) or you’d need to forego your flight. I suspect the price of your flight would not be refunded, but that’s just a guess. Either is a daunting prospect, but I don’t expect either to happen to a pup the size of yours. Re the barking: I’d talk to your vet about the options. There are soothing alternatives, like Rescue Remedy, and D.A.P., and Thundershirts, and music, and the list goes on, but your vet will know if you should pursue those or go with a prescription (and it needs to be a prescription — this is no time to be winging it with dog-sized doses of human medications!). Every good wish to you, and let us know how it goes!

  • Hi, Stacey! I’m glad it’s helpful! And I hope this reply isn’t too late…. Indeed, that’s the carrier and size we use for Chloe, but I strongly recommend the discreet black instead of the divine but too eye-catching purple. When your carrier is really too large, I’d use every trick in the book to make it SEEM smaller. The ventilation is excellent. To be honest, I can’t remember if we’ve flown out of Boston together. We fly a lot. The times when you want to seem calm and confident about your pet and her carrier are with the ticketing agent (depending on the airline, you’ll need to pay a pet fee, and get a tag for your pet’s carrier) and walking past the gate agent. With the first, keep your carrier on the floor at your feet until you casually mention that you need to pay your pet fee (ask if the carrier needs a tag). Lift your pet up without grunting. Convey a sense of calm, cheery confidence that you will sail through to the next step in the boarding process. Similarly, at the gate, walk easily past the gate agent, turning in your boarding pass as you always do. Do not volunteer your concerns to anyone, at any point. The whole impression you want to give (and you can, because your pup is a perfectly fine size for in-cabin travel) is that you do this all the time, and all is copacetic. And, finally, the smaller planes with two seats on each side often have MORE under-seat space available, since its shared. You’ll want to make friends with your traveling companion, but in my experience, the large SturdiBag Chloe uses does not hog the whole space. All good wishes, and let us know how it goes!

  • Carol Lehman

    Thank you Mary-Alice for the reminder to convey confidence, confidence, confidence. My little Abby and I are flying together for the first time in 10 days. She is fine, but I am a nervous wreck. Re-reading your comments are a huge help. 🙂

  • You can do it, Carol! I leave Chloe at my feet until I have to produce her, as I’ve said, and then I radiate good cheer. I seize the opportunity (“what’s her name?”) to mention, in that besotted voice we all get when we focus on our dog, what a good little traveler she is. No doubt I come across as dotty, but my hope is that I also come across as unperturbed by the process, and accustomed to proceeding smoothly to boarding. It doesn’t hurt Chloe’s spirits to hear me cooing at her, either.

  • Esther

    Carol, Franklin and I took our first flight out of boston in February without a hitch. I was a mess before going (as seen by the number of posts on here) but every piece of advice was true. When we checked in they hardly looked Franklin (who is a 13″ @ the shoulder min pin of 10lbs) in his large sturdi bag (I actualy had to ask forthe tag showingnhe was checked in). No questions at security either. Only thing there is they have the explosive detector they send people through now but you will have to go through the old metal detector with your dog and they swab your hands to check for expolsive. This is a challenge holding the dog but they are understanding. I had a very nice TSA agaent even bring me my bags from the xray since this process takes a few min longer. Just walk in there like you do this all the time…it will go great!

  • Carol Lehman

    Thank you, Esther for your reassuring words and vote of confidence. I will carry that with me all of the way onto the plane. I, too, have been a mess, fretting about every little unknown thing, imagining every thing that COULD go wrong. With both your help, and Mary-Alice’s, I realize I was totally approaching this trip in the wrong way. I am much calmer now and will walk to that plane with you on one shoulder, and Mary-Alice on the other. Thank you!

  • Carol

    Abby and I are in NYC now to explore for 6 weeks. Came on Jet Blue A320. We had a window seat and had plenty of room. It was such an easy, wonderful experience thanks to Dog Jaunt and all of the great and helpful advice. I will never be nervous about flying again with my little Abby.

  • Rikki

    So glad I found this site. I am doing a 2 hour flight with my pup this weekend and this thread is really putting my mind at ease! I have a terrier mix around 10 pounds, but he is pretty tall. He is kind of smushed in his carrier but can flip over if he wants to just a little struggle. I am hoping his charming features will offset any airline agent with an issue.

    Ill be sure to let everyone know how it goes.

  • Nicole

    Mary-Alice, this is a great site! I’m so thankful I found it. My family and I are traveling this winter to New England for the holidays and we’ll take our Boston Terrier, Perry, with us for his first plane trip. He’s been on several road and hotel trips with us and is a great traveler. I’ve read through several of the comments and postings and it looks like we’ll go with the Large SturdiBag because we’re flying JetBlue and need a little flexibility for the seats and Perry’s size. And this is where my question for you and anyone else here interested in advising.. Perry is just below the weight limit for JetBlue without a carrier. JB has the 20 lbs max pet + carrier limit. Perry is 18 lbs. I’m worried we’re going to tip that check-in scale 1 or 2 lbs – any advice for sliding through on the weight limit? I’ve read through your advice on “looking and sounding confident” and “we do this all the time” thing and the black carrier to not call attention to the size… anything else you might offer? Thank you!!

  • Those are my best suggestions, Nicole, along with not mentioning his weight or your concerns about it, and, of course, making it seem easy to lift him onto your shoulder. We’ve only been weighed once, a VERY long time ago, on JetBlue — never since. I suspect you’ll be just fine!

  • Esther

    If it makes you feel any better I took my dog on his 1st flight last on Jet Blue out of Boston (you said New England so Im making an assumption!) and they did not weigh Franklin or the carrier. I actually had to ask for the tag to show that he had been checked in and paid for!

  • Carol

    I flew out of NYC at the end of June on Jet Blue and they didn’t even issue me a tag for my dog carrier, or look at the carrier. When I asked about it, they said they don’t give a tag out in NYC. The boarding pass has the word “pet” on it. No one at the gate even glanced my way when boarding with my little Abby.

  • Thanks so much for the report, Carol!! (Other readers: As you’ll see in earlier comments, Carol’s Abby weighs 14 lbs. and travels in a medium, wheeled Sherpa carrier.)

  • Dana

    This has been a Godsend! I am flying for the first time in August with my 4 month old Cavapoo, Rubi. She is totally tiny (under 10 lbs) and she herself would have no trouble fitting anywhere, but I accidentally bought a carrier that was approved for a different airline than JetBlue, which is what we are flying. My new carrier is 10 inches in height and I’ve been panicking that they will kick me and my baby off the flight. You all make the butterflies in my belly calm down a bit. Also helpful to hear many of you have flown from Boston, where we are flying out of. Thank you all so much! I will be sure to come back and post after our travels as well, so other people can hear about how it worked out!

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