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Are the boys too fat to fly in cabin?

We are going on vacation and taking our boys with us. Miko is about 12lbs and Milo is 15lbs. We are flying American Airline and their website states the maximum size of the carrier is 23" long x 13" wide x 9" high. We still have Miko's puppy carrier which is 19" x 13" x 10". How strict is AA in regards to my carrier being 1" over the maximum height? Milo can barely fit in that now...maybe we need to put them on a diet. There are alot of carriers that are "airline approved", but I don't think that means anything since each airline has its own requirements. If anyone has flown AA before with their hav, we would appreciate your help!
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I have heard that the 1" heighth difference is not a problem because the carries are squishable. How comfortable would your dogs be if they had to remain under the seat the entire flight?
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We have a hard plastic kennel so it won't squish. The boys should be fine under the seat. Flight time is about 3 hours from Chicago to Miami, then 1.5 hours wait(potty break and stretch), then 1.5 hours from Miami to Turks and Caicos.
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I had this carrier and flew several times with my Papillon and had no issues with AA. Its also hit or miss if it'll fit under the seat as its not always consistent. I had one time where it wouldn't fit anywhere but luckily another passenger let me switch seats. If you have any problems just let the stewardess know.

My Havs both (14 & 16 lbs) fit in this carrier, I've just never flown with them.. Hope this helps!

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You can't use the hard plastic ones... you need to buy some soft-sided carriers. And no, they aren't too fat. Kubrick at 14.5lbs flies fine under the seat.


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I so wish my boys weren't giant Havs.... I heard under 20lbs could fly fine. How fun to have your pups with you in turqs and cacaos.




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I second Carolina's post. You need soft sided carriers. Pablo now flies in the Large Sherpa bag (20"L X 11.75"W X 11.5"H) that I can squish a little height wise. He's 15.5 pounds and does just fine. I would not fly with a crate as there's a bar underneath the seat that may make it difficult to slide the hard crate under.

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As Carolina and Maryam said, you need a soft carrier. I too have Sherpa, Medium carrieres.

Benji is 12 lbs and Lizzie is 15 lbs. We flew on JetBlue and per their rules, the weight of the dog + the carrier cannot exceed 20lbs. They didn't check the weight but looked at the carriers to make sure that they were soft and met their requirements.

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I use the large & medium size Sherpa brand bags and even though they are approved for each airline I fly, I still have to push them under the seats making them collapse some. That is part of the reason why you cannot use a hard carrier.
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You are going to have to invest in a soft carrier, like everyone else said, the hard ones won't work. I'm sure they aren't airline approved. We have the medium sherpa bag. Havee weighs 12.5 lbs. He barely fits but it's ok he's all hair anyway. He goes in, turns around and is ready to go. We use it in the car too for longer trips.


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