I consider myself an expert on the bag thing...especially since I own about 10 of them (NO JOKE)..I have to hide some from my DH so he doesn't know how many I have or he'd have a fit...and, we travel and fly often with her.
Gucci gets frantic at take off, but is fine once the noise stops, I can stick my hand or foot in the bag and that seems to help soothe her. Depending on the stewardess/or attendant....some are cool about letting them on your lap, most are. I take a small blanket and one of those U neck thingies and let her sleep in my lap, under the blanket while I read my book, or watch TV on the iPad..and she's content.
The EGR/ PetEgo bags are the best quality and AWESOME bags, I highly recommend them, I have 3..LOL
I have the contour messenger in black:
The universal messenger in grey:
And the 'Pet at work" bag, which is utterly brilliant if you take your dog to work and then need to stop by the store for milk and can run her in the store in the backpack...love it.:
I think the 1st one I showed you will be a bit harder to eat through,
The Jet set carrier might work, too. I don't own that one..but almost bought it a few times
I have bought many of my bags at PetsCSN (they have a great selection:
This FUL bag is also one of my favorites, if not my favorite and it is so reasonably priced...it has all kinds of handy pockets for treats, cell phones, tickets, passports, etc. and is easy on your shoulder and they can stick their head out of the top and see what is going on, nice ventalation, too. I use this bag mostly for around town, but I have flown with it a few times, especially in the summer when the other bags might be too warm
Anyhow.....I hope that helps some!
Have fun on your trip