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Well, this is hideously late, Karina, but no, we’ve never had a problem with the large SturdiBag on JetBlue. The fact is, most of the carriers you see in an airport at any given time are over the stated airline maximums. The limits can be pushed a bit; Dog Jaunt is compiling a list of actual, measured under-seat spaces so you can do that intelligently. Please note that limit-pushing works best with a smaller pet — our Chloe, about the size of a large cat, is at the upper end of what works. Many Dog Jaunt readers have traveled with larger dogs, but their nerves are better than mine (and of course, it’s much easier with dogs smaller than Chloe).
I’m taking our dog on his first flight next week on JetBlue and are having a hard time finding a carrier that meets their restrictions, specifically for the height. You mentioned you used large SturdiBag on their airline, and did you not have a problem? I’m just so worried about this since it doesn’t meet the height requirement.
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SturdiBag Pet Carrier Review – Ideal for a Large Dog of Up to 40 Lbs
I have long been a fan of Sturdi Products simply because they are well-made, attractive, and my dogs love them. I have an extra large Sturdi Carrier for my dog, Pearl, and I have yet to find another dog bag that fits her (she's 32 pounds and a little chubby). I still think of her as a "small dog," and I like to have a bag that she fits into comfortably, and SturdiBag is it!
Another thing I love about SturdiProducts is that their carriers fold down to a very small width, which is great if you have a small apartment or you want to store your carrier between uses.
Also, the Flex Height carriers are wonderful for airline travel because they can squish a little bit to make it easier to fit the bag beneath the seat of the plane. For plane travel, they require that your dog can stand up and move around in the bag, so you'll be able to show that your dog has enough room before you board, and then be able to push the bag down a little bit to fit beneath the seat -- and your pet (dog OR cat) will still be comfy. Win-win!
The Sturdi carriers come with a very plush cushion for the bottom of the carrier that's so nice you will want to sleep on it.
All in all, I'm a big Sturdi fan, and I can highly recommend the use of these carrying bags for both cats and dogs.
From the SturdiBag™ website:
"SturdiBag™ extra large pet carrier has been tested to safely carry up to 50 pounds (22,6 kg), but is most suitable for large cats, small and some medium breed dogs up to 35 pounds (15.8 kg). Dog breeds such as Cocker Spaniel, Sheltie and Border Terrier will travel comfortably in this size carrier.
Many professional animal trainers and exhibitors who travel with cats and dogs extensively prefer SturdiBag™ because it is simply the best in-cabin, light weight, flex-height pet carrier available. Whether it is used on a plane, in the car, or for carrying on foot, your pet will be comfortable and safe in a SturdiBag™ cat or small dog carrier."
Once you get the routine down, it’s easy for those of us with small dogs (say, under 10 lbs.) to fly together in-cabin. Heck, it’s pretty straightforward to fly with a biggish small dog like Chloe, who weighs between 13 and 15 lbs. and measures 12″ tall at her shoulders — though on a number of occasions I’ve had to be a vigorous advocate for the large SturdiBag carrier. But what about those of us who fly with even bigger small dogs?