World Travel Guide reviews the best pet carriers for air travel
How to choose a pet carrier for carry-on air travel for your cat or small dog
Considering taking your pet cat or small dog with you on your next airline flight? Many airlines will allow you to bring a small pet onboard in a carryon tote that is small enough to fit under the seat in front of you. You will need to arrange with the particular airline you want to fly on in advance, as it does require advance booking notice to the airline, since there is normally a quota per flight for onboard pets. Note: most airlines charge a small fee for allowing your pet to travel onboard the fight with you.
Carry-on pets should be in suitable hard or soft-sided carrier kennels small enough to stow beneath the seat directly in front of you. Your pet must stay in its carrier at all times while onboard, and be stowed under the seat during takeoff and landing.
A pet carrier must be small enough to fit under the seat and provide enough space for the animal to turn around and lie comfortably. We suggest that you select pet carriers and kennels that are 1-2 inches taller than your pet's standing height.
Petmate Deluxe Soft Sided Pet Carrier in Pink Polka Dot
Pet Airline Carryon Carrier Tote
Here's a soft, secure Doskocil Soft Sided Carrier in Pink Polka Dots that is ideal for use as pet airline carryon case - and for a trip to the vet, vacation, or any journey in a car or bus. This soft-sided designer pet carrier tote has plenty of features to keep your pet cat or dog comfortable and in style.
Fashionable pink durable fabric makes sets this airline pet carryon tote apart from other pet carriers. You'll like its comfort handles for easy carrying, and its cozy pad make this pet carrier a perfect fit for you and your pet cat or dog.
Pet Airline Carryon Tote Features:
- Durable material that resists wear and tear
- Fashionable pink polka dot pattern
- Well-ventilated for your pet's safety
- Handy storage pouches
- Looks like a regular handbag
Colors: Pink with white polka dots
Size: Length 14.5" width 7.5" height 11.5"
Price: $40.95 USD
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Spot Travel Gear Pet Carrier - Soft-sided Dog Carrier and Cat Carrier
Spot Travel Gear Pet Carrier
The stylish, lightweight Spot Travel Gear Pet Carrier that provides all the essentials you need for comfortable, safe everyday travel with your pet cat or small dog. Side and top entry with heavy-duty zipper closure provides easy, comfortable access.
Travel Gear Pet Carrier Features:
Colors: Main Bag is Black
- Pet is secured inside carrier with leash clip.
- Removable, adjustable shoulder strap doubles as a leash.
- Privacy flap rolls up and down and secures with auto-grip stay.
- Durable mesh panels on three sides for ventilation and visibility.
- Convenient storage pocket holds treats and essentials.
- Neo-Tec durable lightweight fabric construction. Cleans easily with cold water and mild soap. Water resistant.
- Leatherette trim with silvertone hardware.
- Nylon lined floor bed with washable faux lambskin comfort pad.
- Folds flat for convenient storage.
- Fashion Pet goes anywhere you go!
Order the correct size for your pet (Sizing for Your Pet):
Small: 13"L X 8"H (Up to 8 lbs.)
Large: 18"L X 11"H (Up to 20 lbs.)
How to Measure Your Pet:
- Measure Length - Measure from the Collar to the base of the tail.
- Measure Height - Measure from the Shoulder to the floor.
- If your pet is up to 13' long x 8' high and 8 lb., choose the small carrier.
- If your pet is up to 18' long x 11' high and 20 lbs., choose the large carrier.
- Be sure to measure your pet's correct height and length. Then compare your pet's measurements from carrier size and dimensions printed on the carton.
Price: $19.41 USD in Small, $24.14 in Large
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NOTE: If none of these featured pet carryon totes match your needs, see the complete selection of pet carryon carriers.
USDA Approved Airline Carriers - Petmate Pet Shuttle - Best Dog Carriers
Petmate Pet Shuttle - Pet Carriers
Looking for a multi-purpose pet carrier and portable kennel? The Petmate Pet Shuttle is a portable carrier kennel with a classic look and can be easily assembled in just seconds without tools. This extra durable pet carrier is highly-versatile carrier and could be the ideal solution to taking your pet on vacations, vet visits, car trips, grooming appointments, pet shows, and more.
Note: When shipping your pet as airline cargo, we recommend using bungee ties/cords around any pet carrier to further ensure safety, and having the air carrier clearly labeled with your contact information.
Petmate Pet Shuttle Features:
Size: Medium - 28"L x 20.5"W x 21.5"H, Large - 32"L x 22.5"W x 24"H
- Meets USDA requirements for shipping live animals
- Easily converts to a pet shelter or bed and is great for crate training
- Manufactured with a secure spring door latch, covered door posts, interlocking seams and heavy-duty kennel fasteners
- Petmate Pet Shuttles come with a 1 year manufacturer warranty
- Pet Shuttle Color: Bleached Linen
Price: $59.89 USD for Medium, $79.89 for Large
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