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Flying JetBlue with puppy, any experience? Carrier size seems too small.

We will be flying JetBlue to pick up our puppy in May (from Georgia to NYC). A320 is listed as the airplane model. The maximum pet carrier dimensions are 17"L x 12.5"W x 8.5"H which is smaller than the Sherpa. There is a JetPaws carrier which of course fits these dimensions but the 8.5" seems too short. The flight is only 2-2.5 hours but because we are going to be at the airport for a few more hours, I am thinking of using the Sherpa while still bringing the JetBlue carrier as a backup in case it really doesn't fit. The wonderful dogjaunt.com web site informs that there might be two layouts of the plane with one of them having 9" of space and the other 10" for an isle seat so maybe we get lucky.

However, I am still worried that if we do have to use the shorter carrier, the puppy would not have enough room and would be uncomfortable. The puppy will be almost 9 weeks old (a girl, but I don't know if that makes a difference at that age).

Has anyone flown JetBlue not too long ago and can share their experience?
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We flew American. Is there a reason you want to use Jet Blue?

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It really was the only option for non-stop flights during the time frames we needed (due to driving distances we need to also consider and possible traffic). The only other non-stop choice was Delta. But Delta requires pets to be at least 10 weeks old so I didn't want to chance it and booked JetBlue. It didn't occur to me that the under seat area could be different from one airline to another, not a frequent flyer
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Apparently seats are different in every plane. Planning ahead is good.

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I've always heard 10" for the height for carry on and that can't be pushed for any to fit under the seat. 8.5 is really small. I never got picking up my pups. I'm 35 min south of Philly and drove to Kalamazoo Michigan which was 10 his out and 13 hours back (extra pee stops on the way home).

Ever think of just driving it? It's just straight down 95. Probably about the same drive time I had.

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It is possible to drive back, there would be 14 hours of just the driving time so we would need to stay overnight somewhere (husband has some back issues, can't sit in a car for that many hours straight). We take road trips quite often and wouldn't mind but it doesn't seem such a good idea with a new puppy. I am still hoping someone has experience with JetBlue. I am also going to check flights with a transfer.
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Have you looked into flights out of Trenton?? My sister flies to Atlanta to visit in-laws and loves flying out of Trenton. I believe Frontier Airlines flies there but I'm not sure of their pet carry on policy. It may be another option?? Good luck.

A quick google search and I found this on Frontier Airlines:

For pets traveling in the cabin, carriers on Airbus A318 / A319 / A320 should not exceed 24" x 15. 5" x 9.5" (61 cm x 40 cm x 24 cm); and on Embraer E190, the carrier dimensions shouldn't exceed 18" x 13.5" x 10" (45 cm x 24 cm x 25 cm). Carriers must be large enough for animals to stand, turn around, and lie down in a natural position. Frontier recommend that you use a soft-sided carrier.
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We've travelled quite a bit with a pet in the cabin in recent years (I flew to get my pup, plus I've flown to agility trials with my daughter and her toy poodle). We've used three different bags: Sherpa medium and large, and Sturdi large. My favourite for the poodle is the Sturdi bag, which measures 17" x 12" x 12". That is much bigger than all the airlines' guidelines, but it looks smaller because of its design (rounded top) and scrunches easily to fit under the seat. I've never had a problem with it and the airline staff have never challenged it.


When I went to get my pup, I took my bag (the large Sherpa) to the United Airlines desk at the airport, a couple of days before the flight, to have it approved. They were a bit bemused as to why I would do that. They just gave it a quick glance and said "it's fine". Nobody measured it. On the day I travelled, nobody looked twice at it.


I chose the large Sherpa for the pup because it has mesh sides all the way around and I thought he'd be more comfortable and less frightened if he had a bit more room and could see what was going on. The Sturdi bag, while bigger, has a solid dome with mesh front and back, so the dog can't really see out. I like it for the poodle because he's a diva and needs his privacy. Before we first used the Sturdi, we gave him a choice - set the Sherpa and Sturdi on the floor together to see which he would choose. He examined both, but picked the Sturdi, so we went with his preference!



I wouldn't worry about the exact dimensions of the bag. Bags are flexible and can be scrunched a bit to fit in the available space. Whatever you choose, you'll be fine. It's unlikely to be measured.

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We are flying to get our pup in June. I asked a similar question here over the past few days and received a wealth of good information. ceegee gave me a link to dogjaunt and if you look at JetBlue on that site, there is some good comments about someone who flies with them regularly using a sturdi bag and they have no trouble(as ceegee stated above). I also went to amazon and looked up the sherpa bag to order and there are thousands of comments of people who have used the medium and large sherpa across all airlines and again have no problem. After all that, I also booked on JetBlue yesterday to bring our pup home and it's also a A320. I'm sure we will be fine but like you, I'm still a bit nervous. I do however trust in the advice from people here who have done it before with no problems!

Good luck and congrats on your pup!!!
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Yes, congrats on the pup!

Did not fly JetBlue, but 2 much longer flights to get a pup from CO to IL. One thing I'll say about flying these days, as much as you try to plan...those plans can change. I obtained the extra leg room for the pup on my return flight, only to have the flight canceled. I begged my way onto standby without the extra legroom just to avoid having to spend overnight with a puppy in a hotel room without a crate.

Pup was an 8.5-week-old male Used a large sherpa...it all worked out! He looked like a stuffed animal and everyone just wanted to pet him...star of the airport!

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