Travel with Pets - Traveling with small dog on United
Jan 3, 11, 11:03 pm
I will be traveling with my dog, 14lbs cockapoo on a united airlines flight. Does anyone have any experiences with that airline? i worried about the bag. i have a sherpa roll up bad , med size but its bigger than there approved size by 1 inch. Do you think they will measure the bag when i check in? the other concern my dog can't really stand up in the bag but she fits fine with room and the flight were taking is only 2 flights. do you think she will be fine
Jan 4, 11, 12:13 am
I have a substantial thread in the UA forum regarding traveling with pets on UA, and you can find essentially the same information in the related FlyerGuide Wiki article.
I've flown with my small dogs in-cabin numerous times. Their bags were no-name soft-sided bags from WalMart, about the same size as a medium Sherpa. The bags were never measured. If the dog can't stand up, that may be an issue for her comfort, but as long as she can at least turn around and change her position, it would probably be fine. The airline likely will not check. (Disclaimer: my dogs were smaller than yours.)
I have been asked for the health certificate on occasion, however, so make sure you have that.
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Jan 5, 11, 12:26 pm
I flew with a 14 lb dachshund in a Large Sherpa bag on United over the holidays. Two of the flights were on a regional jet, one on a 757, and the other on an Airbus -- all in First Class. The size of the bag was never questioned. Also, the check-in agents did not ask for the health certificate, but you don't want to count on this.
One of my colleagues travels almost every month with a smaller dachshund in a Medium Sherpa bag. The size of the bag has never been questioned.
Jan 5, 11, 3:04 pm
Soft sided Sherpa bags are recognized as being ok, as they collapse slightly and will fit under most seats. You might have an issue with your dog not being able to stand up within the bag, I've seen it become an issue before.
Jan 8, 11, 6:39 am
The only issue I ever had was a ticket agent at ORD tried to claim that the sherpa bag was too small for our dog(15 lb pug), because she couldn't stand up in it. He claimed this due to the fact that our dog was laying down in the bag at the time, which in his head translated into "not enough room to stand".
Other than that, it's always been pay your money and walk right on.
Is your dog really fluffy? I know some people who had problems transporting their dogs (that had months/inches of extra growth) for a grooming competition.
Jan 8, 11, 5:13 pm
Is your dog really fluffy?One of my dogs was a Pom whose fluff basically filled the entire bag. Never a problem, at least not for me.
Jan 28, 11, 2:00 pm
I've flown with my small dogs in-cabin numerous times.
Any thoughts on my questions here (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/15756028-post248.html)? Thanks!
Jan 28, 11, 3:07 pm
Any thoughts on my questions here (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/15756028-post248.html)? Thanks!See my responses in that thread.
Feb 8, 11, 8:49 am
Although the Humane Society of the United States recommends that you do not transport your dog by air unless absolutely necessary, if you must travel this way when taking your dog on vacation with you, it is best to keep your dog on board with you if at all possible.