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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-27-2014, 02:26 PM
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Now that you mention it, I saw something on their website about them having to be at least 10 weeks old. Duncan was 9 weeks and no one said a word! They were more concerned about whether or not he had enough room in the bag. (He barely did, at 9 weeks old and him being the biggest of his litter!) Hope your flight went well!
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It's been over a year since the last post. Does anybody have any updates to report? The carrier size restrictions seem appropriate only for little foo-foo dogs; I've heard that you can exceed them a bit with soft-sided carriers that can be smooshed under the seat. I've also known folks to fly with 8 week olds, but I read here they are supposed to be 10 weeks old..?

Pandemonium will be flying home with me in May from Chicago to Vermont. Should I consider driving instead?
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Just flew with my 8 week old

Hi Boondox, I flew home with my Maggie Mae in the cabin about 3 weeks ago on Southwest from Indiana to NY. We had a soft-sided carrier that was bigger than the dimensions said.

With that being said, so much depends on the flight attendants. Going down we didn't check in any bags, so I was carrying pet carrier. The flight attendant was so sweet and asked who was in there. When I told her a golden would be flying back tomorrow that was 8 weeks, she said she wished she'd be on her flight and she would take her to the pilots.

FF to the next day when we have her; my daughter and I found an awesome open area with grass (& snow) & I had my daughter run her on the leash for a good 20 minutes outside (she also wet/dirtied). While we were running, out walks the flight attendant from our first flight and she says, so this is Maggie. (I couldn't believe she remembered) & she petted her for a bit.

We got through security no problem and surprisingly they didn't make her take off the collar (even with her metal tag)--I had to carry her.

I had treats to get her back into the carrier, but she had gone back in no problem. I also wrapped the bottom of the sherpa carrier in a waterproof zipper pouch and then had a chuck on top of that.

When it was time to board, we walk onto the plane & the head flight attendant says, have you flown with an animal before. I tell her no & she starts running off rules, just know you need to have it under the seat at all times, you cannot take her out or unzipper it. She was no-nonsense.

My poor baby barely fit under the seat (thankfully no one was in the middle seat so I had her under there). Yet I pulled the carrier out so she wasn't pushed all the way under & the same attendant came by and said, remember it needs to be all the way under the seat.

Then as the plane starts moving she started whining/crying. I got a few looks and was trying to reassure her by shushing her and saying it's okay. Once we took off I pulled her out a little and put the tray down so it was harder to see.

Thankfully after 15 minutes she fell asleep until we were about to land, when she started whining a little again.

Overall it wasn't a bad experience, but so much depends upon the attendants.

Also Southwest has a policy where puppies had to be only 8 weeks but they never checked her vet clearance or asked how old she was.
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I know its been a year since the last post but has anyone flown recently with an 8 week old puppy on Delta? The only carrier with a nonstop flight from where I live to where I'm getting my puppy is Delta but they require that the animals be at least 10 weeks old. I'm worried that if I wait until the puppy is 10 weeks that she won't fit in the carrier and underneath the seat. Are they really strict on the 10 week rule or would 8 weeks be ok?
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I know its been a year since the last post but has anyone flown recently with an 8 week old puppy on Delta? The only carrier with a nonstop flight from where I live to where I'm getting my puppy is Delta but they require that the animals be at least 10 weeks old. I'm worried that if I wait until the puppy is 10 weeks that she won't fit in the carrier and underneath the seat. Are they really strict on the 10 week rule or would 8 weeks be ok?
You'd be best to contact Delta directly. You wouldn't want to get to the airport with an 8-week old and get turned away. You WILL need to show health records, which would have her DOB.

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