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post #1 of 7 Old 07-18-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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anyone taken cats/small dogs on plane?

Hi, I'm taking my cat with me on an airplane to Las Vegas. She'll be in the cabin under my seat.
I'm worried because the carrier I bought is two inches too tall and one inch too long for the airline requirements.. I know, sounds stupid, but it was the carrier that I saw recommended over and over again. And it's soft sided, so it can definitely squish a couple inches, but I'm still worried they won't let me board..
There was a smaller size that fit all the requirements, but I got the bigger (medium) size because I figured she'll be spending almost two hours in it, on the drive to/waiting in the airport, so I wanted her to be more comfortable for at least part of the day. Anyone have any experiences with this? Everyone keeps telling me the case will be fine, and the airline told me as long as it squishes under the seat it will be fine, but I'm still nervous. First time flying, much less with a pet = high anxiety!
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-18-2012, 09:49 PM
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As long as it squishes you *should* be fine. I have traveled over north America with Dogs in the cabin in squishy, but too tall soft sided crates.

If you are really worried, buy the smaller size, bring it, but keep the receipt
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Be sure to go very early and know where the closest pet shop is to the airport. I work at the gift shop in my local airport, and I have had a few customers come in looking for a smaller pet carrier. I have suggested carrying them, but that is a corporate decision.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-18-2012, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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That's a great idea Instyle! I never even thought of that.
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Done it before ;). And ladydreamer that is a fabulous idea! So corporate won't ever go for it ;) lol
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If I have enough customer requests, my boss might suggest it. What you dear travellers could do is fill out the comment card by the registers(if, of course it is my store, and it is very likely. We have over 500 airport stores nationwide), and be sure to give the person behind the counter a good word, and mention it. Those go directly to "the Man" if you know what I mean. ;)
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-22-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Purchased the smaller size and will be taking it just in case! Has anyone that has taken pets on an airplane, used Dramamine/Benadryl/sedative?
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