Choosing the Right Airline Approved Pet Carrier for Travel
Having your pet travel with you when flying is easy and many times the cost of bringing your companion with you is cheaper than an extended stay at a kennel. Pet travel policies are fairly standard among all the airlines but each one does have some specific requirements.
Proper planning for travel with pets also includes having a health certificate completed by your veterinarian. Knowledge of regulations is also important when travelling with your pet.
Most airlines accept pets in cabin but you have to keep in mind the weight restrictions. Usually, it is a maximum of up to 20 pounds, pet and carrier together. If your pet is on the slightly heavier side then the lightness of the carrier itself is going to become extra important.
Number of Pets
Airlines limit the amount of pets per flight. So make sure you call ahead of time.
They average about $125 each way and some airlines charge more.
The general rule is that it must fit under the seat, must have breathable material on at least two sides and a leak proof bottom. Every airline has its own regulations, so make sure to call ahead.
The general dimensions that you are looking for are 19 x 13 x 9 inches. Before you fly, you may want to check with the airline about the exact dimensions of the carrier permitted. Their dimensions sometimes change depending on the aircraft and you need to make sure you are following those dimensions.
No matter what, you want a carrier that is safe, easy to clean, well ventilated and easy to take your pet in and out. It is a bonus if the pet carrier can also be used as a cozy bed at your destination, has a shoulder strap for walking around and is flexible enough to easily stow away.