Another Dog Jaunt reader sent in a report, almost a year ago now, about the under-seat space she encountered on an American MD-80, but she was traveling in an Economy seat. There’s a world of difference between Economy and First Class seating — and indeed, often you can’t fit a pet carrier under a First Class seat at all — so I was grateful to hear from reader Kelly, who traveled with her husband and their two dogs (a 17 … Read more
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This is yet another example of Dog Jaunt reader brilliance. The problem: In no time at all, even a small dog, carried over a shoulder, becomes remarkably heavy. Negotiating an airport, and, in particular, exiting and reentering an airport to visit a pet relief area, would be much more comfortable with wheels. If you have a small dog (under 10 lbs.), the problem is easily solved: I recommend buying a Creature Leisure Pet Pilot XL, a cleverly designed and well-made … Read more
Reader Tahoe, a Vizsla of undisclosed age, sent me a message with useful information about his people’s recent (well, frankly, not that recent) trips on three different Delta planes with his new sister Moxie (then an 11 lb. Vizsla puppy).
She traveled in a large SturdiBag carrier, the same size that Chloe uses. Here is Tahoe’s report about how the bag worked on those flights, along … Read more
Returning to Seattle from a week in North Carolina (which explains why things have been so quiet on the blog recently), I flew for the first time on one of Southwest’s new 737-800 planes — so new, in fact, that it smelled like new plane, which is just as pleasing as new car. You’ll like them, when you get on one — the top half of the bulkhead between the first row and the flight attendants is gone, and in … Read more
Reader Eva took a couple of flights with her cat Bogart last month, and kindly send me a report about the under-seat spaces she encountered. They flew on American, and their planes were a CRJ-700 and an MD-80. Bogart’s carrier is an older hard-sided Petmate Kennel Cab measuring 19″ x 11″ x (just over) 10″ (Eva noted that the current version has slightly different measurements: 19″ x 12.6″ x 10″).
Here’s what she told me:
“The maximum size a carrier can be … Read more
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 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
Reader Kristen recently traveled on two regional US Airways flights (an Air Wisconsin partner flight and a Piedmont Air partner flight). She posted a report on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page about the under-seat space she found on both CRJ planes, and kindly agreed to let me re-post it here on the blog: “I searched high and low for info on CRJs — I’m happy to share it with others :)”
Just flew US AIR — first a CRJ-200 (Air Wisconsin … Read more
I hardly ever fly on American, so I was pleased to find myself flying from Seattle to Dallas and back recently on a couple of American’s 737 (-800 series) planes. I was in Economy class, but the under-seat spaces in First Class looked the same (keep in mind, though, that I only had brief chances to glance, from walking height, at the First Class spaces).
On both flights, the best choice was the middle seat, which had an under-seat space 20″ … Read more
I flew on two separate Continental 737s last week, both -800/900 series planes, and there were dramatic differences in their under-seat spaces. On both flights, I was in Economy class. I had purchased seats with extra leg room (which I always recommend when you’re traveling with an in-cabin dog, though I know it’s not always financially feasible), but the under-seat spaces for those seats are not any different from the regular Economy seats.
On my first flight, from Seattle to Houston, … Read more