Shop our best-seller, "The Big Mini" Dog Backpack! Holds up to 17.6 lbs of dog!

Dog Backpacks that are Carry-On Airline and Fly Compliant for Adventure Dogs

We put together a list of common US and Canada airlines and their pet flying policies. Many of our bags are airline and flight compliant, you just have to check the dimensions of our bags against the policies of the airlines.

Note, many planes have a limit to how many pets per flight, so book yours early and call ahead to make sure you get a spot!

We're proud of our research here, but please be sure to triple check and call any airline to confirm #yourdogbackpack works for the flight you've chosen.

 

American Airlines

Highlights:

Kennel guidelines for carry-on pets When carrying on your pet, you’ll need to make sure that they can stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in their kennel. Non-collapsible kennels can be a maximum of 19in x 13in x 9in. Soft-sided collapsible kennels such as Sherpa bags can be larger if they're made of water-repellant material, are padded or have nylon mesh ventilation on 2 or more sides.

Cost: $125

Full pet policy here.

 

JetBlue

Highlights:

There is a pet fee of $100 each way. It is best to book early. A limited number of pets are allowed on each flight. Only one pet per customer is allowed. Your pet carrier cannot exceed 17"L x 12.5"W x 8.5"H and the combined weight of your pet and the carrier must not exceed 20 pounds.

Cost: $100

Full pet policy here.

 

Delta

Highlights:

To transport your pet in cabin either soft- or hard-sided kennels must be leak-proof and ventilated on at least 2 sides. They have different dimensions requirements for each type of plane.

Cost: Ranges from $75 to $250

Full pet policy here.

 

United Airlines

Highlights:

An in-cabin pet may be carried in addition to a carry-on bag. A pet traveling in cabin must be carried in an approved hard-sided or soft-sided kennel. The kennel must fit completely under the seat in front of the customer and remain there at all times. The maximum dimensions for hard-sided kennels are 17.5 inches long x 12 inches wide x 7.5 inches high (44 cm x 30 cm x 19 cm). The recommended maximum dimensions for soft-sided kennels are 18 inches long x 11 inches wide x 11 inches high (46 cm x 28 cm x 28 cm). Soft-sided pet carriers may exceed these dimensions slightly, as they are collapsible and able to conform to under-seat space without blocking the aisle.

Cost: $125

Full pet policy here.

 

WestJet

Highlights:

Space for pets cannot be reserved online. Pets travelling as carry-on must have room to stand, sit and move naturally in their kennel. Your kennel is considered to be your personal item* in your carry-on baggage allowance. Kennel must not be hard-sided.

Dimension requirements are: 41 cm L x 21.5 cm H x 25.4 cm W (16 in. L x 8.5 in. H x 10 in. W).

Cost: $50-$59

Full pet policy here.

 

Please note, we just did our research here. Please call your airline to confirm the bag you got works for your specific flight. We are not liable for any discrepancies, changes in requirements, issues with your bags and compliance, etc. Basically, you can't sue us for anything.