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Pictures of carriers on planes

Flying with an in-cabin pet: Under-seat space available on a Delta MD-88 (First Class section)

I can’t remember the last time I traveled First Class. Could it have been 30 years ago? Could it have been never? I chose to make First Class reservations on our Delta flight from New York to Tampa because I had the right number of miles, and because Delta’s Economy seat pitch is so evil that after our last flight my husband and I vowed never to fly on the dratted airline again. Why not blow all of our remaining  … Read more

Photo Friday: The large Bergan Comfort Carrier on Southwest and American (MD-80) flights

Back in 2009, I reviewed the large-sized Bergan Comfort Carrier (it also comes in small), and concluded that it was well-designed but poorly made — it’s inexpensive, so it would be a reasonable choice for a trip or two, but not my pick for repeated use. At 19Lx10Wx13H, it also seemed perilously large for in-cabin use — but reader Kristin bought it for Tater, her Yorkie, and used it very successfully on Southwest (Boeing 737) and American (MD-80) flights between Long  … Read more

Montage Monday: An XL SturdiBag in position under an airplane seat

This is a new low. Previously, I hung my head in shame over “Snapshot Saturday,” but even that sounds good next to “Montage Monday.” Everything’s all ahoo right now — brace yourself for a Chloe’s Clicks tomorrow (two days after its usual Sunday slot).

I wanted to make sure that you all see this photo that reader Adam sent. He read the post about pushing back when your pet’s carrier is “too big,” and took it to heart (read the comments  … Read more

Reader’s report: Flying with an in-cabin dog on an Alaska Airlines Bombardier Q400 and 737 (-800 series)

The last piece of the report Jen and Troy sent from their trip to California’s Shenandoah Valley wine country focused on their plane flights from Belllingham to Seattle on a Bombardier Q400 (Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air/Hawaiian Airlines), and from Seattle to Sacramento on a 737 (-800 series).

Bombardier Q400 (Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air/Hawaiian Airlines)

“From Bellingham we boarded a Bombardier Q400 turboprop plane with Sophie in her large SturdiBag. The small seats are four across, in two pairs, and there are about  … Read more

Reader’s report: Flying with an in-cabin dog on a Delta CRJ-200 (50 seater)

Reader Mia recently took two trips on a Delta CRJ-200 (50 seater, two seats on each side of the aisle) with Callie, her cockapoo. Callie’s the same height as Chloe, but a little lighter — she’s 12″ tall at the shoulders, and weighs 9 lbs. Mia used their large SturdiBag for the first time on these two trips, and it worked well (more about that below). She sent me a report that I’m going to break into two posts —  … Read more

Chloe’s Clicks: This week’s best dog travel links

This was shaping up to be an epic Chloe’s Clicks last week — and then I missed posting it — so now it’s epic times two. Here we go, in no particular order.

The oldest link in the collection is a report from Laura Stephenson about her post-college road trip from Guatemala to Nicaragua and back — which I include because of its general can-do attitude and because she traveled with her dog Chispa. Also off the beaten track? Zuma’s Paw  … Read more

Tips from Dog Jaunt readers: Packing a crate, improving chances for in-cabin carrier

I have a stack of great stuff in my in-box from Dog Jaunt readers, and I’m making progress on sharing it with you. Here are two tips from a couple of fellow travelers, and one from me.

Packing a crate

As you may already know, Chloe is crate-trained, and we carry a medium-sized version of her big metal crate with us when we travel. It occupies half of her enormous Samsonite suitcase, but I’ve never really begrudged the weight or the space  … Read more

Shortening the large SturdiBag carrier for in-cabin airplane travel

As you will soon learn, if you read back through this blog’s entries or glance through the posts on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page, I’m a big fan of the large SturdiBag carrier for in-cabin airplane travel. It’s officially too large for many (most?) airlines, but because its top is so flexible, it’s worked on every flight we’ve taken with it. The part of it that isn’t flexible, however, is the base. It’s a solid 18 inches long — and because  … Read more

Reader’s report: Victoria, B.C. airport pet relief area, Air Canada under-seat spaces, and keeping Truffles content in her carrier

This should have been in this past week’s Chloe’s Clicks, but mistakes were made. Remember Truffles, featured (with a chunk of coconut) in a Photo Friday post a short while ago? She and reader Patty made their way from the Bahamas to British Columbia recently, and I want to share three things from their report.

Victoria, B.C. airport (YYJ) pet relief area

First, they sought out the pet relief area at the Victoria, B.C. airport (it’s actually located about 15 miles north  … Read more

Reader’s report: Flying with an in-cabin dog on a Sun Country 737-800

I don’t fly on Sun Country, so I was delighted when reader Bev sent me an e-mail (with photos!) about a couple of recent trips she took with her Shih Tzu on two Sun Country 737s (one an -800 series, and the other either an -800 or a -700 series). Since she didn’t have a tape measure with her (and who, besides me, does?), Bev cleverly measured the available under-seat space with her feet and a laptop case.

She told me that  … Read more