Reader Ahmé kindly sent me a report about her trip from Grand Rapids, MI to Naples, FL, via Atlanta. She and Thomas, her 17 lb. Miniature Schnauzer, took two flights on Delta, and sat in an aisle seat on both.
Thomas “has excellent manners and is quiet and easy going. He shakes a little when we are getting on the plane but settles down once we get situated. The first few flights he would scratch and turn when there was a lot of noise (take off & landing) but now after doing it a few times he is pretty settled.”
Ahmé bought a large SturdiBag for Thomas, and likes how it works for him. She “trained him to go in, turn around, and sit down on command. The ‘squishiness’ of this carrier is good for him because it gets him more space and he pushes it out a bit when he turns around. It is also good for the planes because it can squish down as needed and around obstacles under the seats etc. I also like that the carrier itself is fairly light (I can’t spare any more weight with the weight of my dog) and yet sturdy and strong.”
Their first plane was a Delta A320 (SR), and they were in an aisle seat on the right side of the plane. “He fit well under the seat, put in front to back with an extra 1-2 inches of width available. Middle seat would have also worked.”
Ahmé sent a couple of pictures of Thomas’s carrier in place under the aisle seat — one view from the aisle, and one from above, past her knees. While the carrier looks a little long in the first shot, you can see in the second that it really doesn’t extend more than an inch or so past the plane of the magazine holder on the back of the seat, so it works.
Their second plane was a Delta MD-88, and once again they sat in an aisle seat on the right side of the plane. “He also fit under the seat, I put him front to back but he could have gone side to side too because there is no partition under the seats on the two-seat side of the plane (the other side of the plane had three seats and I think he would have fit in any of the three but I would choose middle or aisle again).”
Here again, Ahmé sent a couple of pictures of Thomas’s large SturdiBag in place under their MD-88 seat:
Thank you so much, Ahmé, for the wonderful photos and the report about your trip! I’m adding your info and pictures to Dog Jaunt’s ongoing series of posts recording airplane under-seat measurements, and to Dog Jaunt’s ever-growing collection of pictures of carriers deployed under plane seats.