Airline Pet Carrier
We heard that it’s possible to take our precious pet westie, Sparky, onboard and in the passenger cabin on a Delta Airlines flight from LAX to Indianapolis. Having just traveled all the way from Australia, a thirteen hour trip with our poor Sparky in the cargo hold, we were excited at the idea of taking him in the cabin.
We had to do quite some research online and confirmed the booking on the phone with Delta. See information from Delta at this link. Various aircraft have different pet pack dimensions, and we had to choose one that would fit under the seat in front of us, but be large enough for our dog to be able to stand and turn around within the carrier. The requirements also maintained that the carrier had to be soft, contain the dog within the carrier safely without risk of escape, and have a padded, waterproof liner.
We found the Petsfit Airline Pet Carrier was perfect for our needs. Sparky is fairly stocky, so he just fit the necessary weight and height, length specifications. There are three to choose from, and we needed the largest size: 19″ x 12″ x 12″. There is an expandable zip section that opens up an enclosed ‘porch’ at the size to extend the width from 12 inches to 20.5 inches. Great for waiting at the boarding gate.
Sparky wasn’t accustomed to any pet carrier, apart from the freight carrier he was in from Australia, so we took him for his favourite activity, a car ride. He sat inside the carrier with the top unzipped as a gentle introduction.
After a few treats and gentle coaxing, he soon got used to the idea that the Petsfit Carrier was part of the new routine.
The airlines have strict checking in procedures when you want to take your pet in the cabin, so we followed the necessary steps and went to the ticketing counter for final inspection and weight checks. The airport is a daunting experience for anyone, especially a small dog, so we made sure we allowed plenty of time to relax and step cautiously through the whole procedure.
The checkin process was fairly time consuming. Firstly a queue, then the dog’s paperwork was thoroughly checked, weighed, and the Petsfit carrier was approved on the spot.
The side extension on the Petsfit carrier is great for waiting at the boarding gate. Your pet can stretch and get some extra airflow during the wait. Onboard the flight, your pet must be under the seat in front of you, so you need to keep extra carry-on items to a minimum.
We enjoyed watching him when the aircraft was taxying, and being down low and snug in his carrier, he didn’t mind the bumps and thumps and other noises that often unnerve us during a flight. In fact, he curled up and went straight to sleep just before take-off. The roar of the engines and flight turbulence did not upset him at all. He slept during most of the flight. Only waking for some company, some water, and then he slept again for the landing!
The Petsfit Soft Airline Pet Carrier has many features and is available in three sizes:
- 16″ x 10″ x 9″ – suitable for small dogs or cats up to 7lbs.
- 18″ x 11″ x 11″ – suited for pets up to 13lbs.
- 19″ x 12″ x 12″ – suited for pets up to 20lbs.