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Reader’s report: Which seat works best with an in-cabin dog? [US Airways partner flights on CRJ-200 and CRJ-900 aircraft]

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 partner flight) then a CRJ-900 (Piedmont Air partner flight). Sherpa medium fit under the seat with no problem, but not much room to spare, so I’d venture to guess the under-seat height is about 11-11.5 inches. Also, the under-seat area is not divided, so if you are traveling with a friend, you have tons of room to situate your dog. Final thought — Seat C is the best option if traveling alone. Seat Guru says that Seat D has an equipment box, making the under-seat space smaller. I didn’t see evidence of this on my flights, but wouldn’t want to chance it. The window seats are ok, but not great because the plane curves in towards the ground, meaning there is a little less width to the space, plus it got drafty by the wall and I had to block it off to keep my dog warm enough… All of those factors combined make seat C optimal…

Thanks, Kristen! I’ve added this to Dog Jaunt’s ongoing series recording under-seat plane measurements. 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).


  • Emily

    Do you (or any other readers) know if a Large SturdiBag is ok on US Airways? Its pretty flexible so I’m sure it’ll fit just about anywhere, I’m mostly concerned about the airline allowing the bag – this is my first time flying with my dog!

  • Hi, Emily — I don’t fly on U.S. Air, so I don’t have personal experience, but if I were you, approaching an unknown airline for the first time, I’d be comfortable with the large SturdiBag. The fact is, it’s officially too large for most airlines, but if you’re using it, your pup (like ours) is likely to need the extra room. So it’s the bag you really need to use. Happily, it’s so flexible that it’s worked in every space I’ve poked it into, and (assuming your pup isn’t so large that there’s no headroom left for the flexing to flex INTO) I’d be confident that it’ll flex into U.S. Air’s space too. As I’ve said before, when you have an oversize bag like the large SturdiBag, your best approach is to be calm and matter-of-fact with the ticketing agent, as if you do this all the time. Do not volunteer that you’re anxious about the bag’s size, or the space available! If you’re challenged, confidently show them how flexible the top and sides are — without being arrogant, of course, convey the impression that you’ve heard that objection before, and you’re confident that it’s not actually an issue. And please report back, if you can, about the kind of U.S. Air plane you travel on, and how the carrier works (a picture of the carrier under your seat would be awesome, too)! All good wishes, and safe travels!

  • Hey there! No more quarantine in the U.K. — the problem there is that in-cabin dogs are not allowed to fly into the U.K. (though they can fly out) — so instead you have to fly into Paris or Amsterdam and take a ferry or the Chunnel over….

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