For some of us leaving our pets behind when we travel is simply not an option. Luckily, we are allowed to travel with our pet via commercial airlines. The following are my recommendations on what is the best airline pet carrier for your in-cabin pet traveling circumstances.
Guidelines for Taking your Pet inside the Airplane Cabin
For flights less than 6 hours long most commercial airlines allow pets inside the cabin, except when traveling to the UK. Regulations limit 1 in-cabin pet per customer and 2 pets per cabin at a time. The container that your take your pet in must be able to fit under the seat in front of you, have a waterproof bottom and naturally, ample ventilation for your pet to breathe.
The best pet carrier brands for taking your pet inside an airplane cabin:
- Sherpa Brand – the leading brand in pet carriers, Sherpa provides dozens of comfortable, durable and soft carriers specifically designed for every breed of small dogs and cats.
- Pet Roll Around – Wheeled, convertible back pack (with concealable shoulder straps), and car seat for your pet. Medium and small sizes fit easily under the seats in airplane cabins. Has mesh on 3 sides for your pet’s comfort and viewing, can fold flat for storage, and has 2 side pockets for storage. There is also a safety strap that attaches to your pet’s collar.
- Sturdi Brand – An innovative design, solid yet flexible – easily conforms to all seat heights. It comes in 6 sizes and in 2 models.