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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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I see this is an older post, but I thought I would post my experience... I flew with my puppy (Max) from Salt Lake City, UT to Phoenix, AZ to Tucson, AZ on American Airlines. The agent who I paid for Max's flight fee with was a bit intimidating, saying if he wasn't quite we wouldn't be allowed on the flight and would be "out our money". In a panic from that comment and with a barking puppy I decided to rent a car and go to a nearby park (since we had several hours until take off). I tried to walk him around the park and burn some energy. He was still barking/crying a lot, so I called my vet and they recommended Benadryl for the flight (call your vet to discuss!). In our rental car we went to Walgreens and picked some up. We returned the rental car and went through airport security. About 30 min to an hour before boarding I (thought I) gave him Benadryl (come to find out out he spit the pill out). The gate agents were GREAT and let us board first. For the second leg of our flight they even gave us our own row. Max was silent the entire flight. There was even another puppy behind us whining during the first leg of the flight. I used this carrier: Smiling Paws Pets 4 Way Expandable Soft Sided Airline Approved Pet Carrier for Cats and Dogs. It was great because I could open up the sides for a bigger space while waiting for our connecting flight in Phoenix.
 
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