4 Best Pet Carriers for Airlines 2021-In Cabin

Oh, we have so much planning to do when we travel with our furry companion.  Vaccinations, check…health certificate, check…book a space with our ticket…check.  Now, we need the best Pet Travel carrier for in cabin. 

We’ve researched, tried and traveled with many.  Here are our best picks.


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BEST FOR PRICE Sherpa Original Deluxe 

SIZEs:

(S) 16"L x 10"H 

(M) 17”L x 10.5”H, 

(L) 18"L x 11"H

FEATURES:

3-Sided Ventilation

Top & Side Doors

Locking Zippers

Padded Carry Strap


  • Faux Lambskin Liner


COLLAPSIBLE: NO

EXPANDABLE: NO

POCKETS: 1

VENTILATION: 3-Sided

COMFORT LEVEL: Comfortable

BEST FOR FEATURES

Katziela Pet Carrier



SIZE:

11" x 16" x 22"

FEATURES: Ventilation on 4 Sides

Removable Wheels

Telescoping Handle

Seat Belts

Snack Door

Fits Up To 25lbs

4lbs

Fits 2 Pets Comfortably

COLLAPSIBLE: NO

EXPANDABLE: No, Doesn't Need It

POCKETS: 4

VENTILATION: 4 Sides 

COMFORT LEVEL: Very Good

BEST FOR DURABILITY

Mr. Peanuts Rhodium Series 


SIZE: 

19X11X12"

 

FEATURES: 

Ventilation on 3 Sides

Carry Handle

Sturdy Nylon Fabric



COLLAPSIBLE: NO

EXPANDABLE: NO

POCKETS: 1

VENTILATION: 3-Sided

COMFORT LEVEL: Privacy Shield adds Comfort to Anxious Pets

LUXURY MEETS FUNCTION 

Arlo Skye


SIZE:

(M) 17.5" x 11" x 11"

(S)15" x 10" x 8.5" 

FEATURES: 

Memory Foam Bed

2 Entry/Exit Doors, Front and Back

4lbs

360 Degree Ventilation

Back Sleeve For Carry On

COLLAPSIBLE: YES

EXPANDABLE: NO 

POCKETS: 

VENTILATION: 4-Sided  

COMFORT LEVEL:

First Class


BEST FOR PRICE- Sherpa Travel Original Deluxe

Sherpa Travel Original Deluxe from Amazon.com
Pros
  • Top And Side Entry
  • 3.9lbs
  • Very Well Compressible
  • 3-Sided Ventilation
  • Luggage Strap for Carry-On
Cons
  • Only 1 Slim Pocket for Storage
  • You Pay more for Color Choice
  • Reported Zipper Failure

DETAILS: 

  • MANY GREAT FEATURES: I think the best feature is the top Opening.
  • 3-Sided Ventilation. Mesh windows for ventilation, l
  • Locking zippers for safety,
  • Padded, Adjustable, Carry Strap,
  • Seat Belt Strap, machine-washable
  • Faux Lambskin Liner
  • 1 Pocket
  • Spring Wire Frame allows the back of the carrier to compress several inches to fit under-seat allowances.
  • Dimensions:  (S) 16″L x 10″H Up to 16 lbs, (M) 17”L x 10.5”H Up to 16 pounds, (L) 18″L x 11″H Up to 22 pounds

BEST FOR FEATURES-Katziela Pet Carrier

KATZIELA.COM

Pros
  • 6 Wheels are Ideal for Rolling Through Airports and Removable for In-Cabin Space
  • Telescoping Handle is Ergonomic
  • Fits Pets up to 25 pounds
  • Fits 2 Small Pets Comfortably
  • Seat Belts, Snack Door and Name Tag
  • Padded Shoulder Strap and 2 Handles
Cons
  • Wheels are not 360 Degrees
  • Carrier Can Tilt off Center When Using the Handle
  • Pockets Only Big Enough for Single Items
  • About Twice the Price of the Average Carrier

Details: Your Furry Friend will feel it’s flying first-class, even when you don’t.

  • PLENTY OF VENTILATION: For me the Best feature is generous, full-size ventilation and viewing space.  Too many others have ventilation/viewing on only 2 sides. Katziela paid particular attention was paid to enlarging the Ventilation on 4 Sides!
  • WEIGHING IN AT A MERE 4 LBS without WHEELS.  And 8.09 with wheels. The lightweight polyester fabric allows for more pets to meet the maximum weight for most airlines. I have had both of my cats inside comfortably and together they weighed 25lbs.  Also, making it easy to carry when you want. It The seat belt feature is rare in most carriers. It also a safety leash, 4 (1-item each) pockets, snack tray and padded shoulder strap, too.
  • REMOVABLE WHEELS: I can take the wheels off easily to reduce weight and add additional room under the seat in front of me in Coach and Business. It’s nice to have the wheels for walking through the airport and elsewhere and my kitty is very docile.  I have heard that it can get off balance if you are not careful.  Disappointing, but not a deal-breaker.
  • AIRPLANE FRIENDLY: It meets TSA and most airlines standards, I like that it has the extra room others don’t but, flexible enough for compressing the top so I can fit it under the seat in front.

FLEECE/PLUSH BED: Inside the carrier is a removable soft, comfy and cozy mini mattress pad for your pet to sit or sleep on comfortably. A removable board underneath keeps it firm, remove it for machine washing. The bag is backed by Katziela’s satisfaction guarantee. Dimensions: ‎ 11 x 16 x 22 inches.

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BEST FOR DURABILITY-Mr. Peanuts Rhodium

MR. PEANUTS RHODIUM SERIES

Pros
  • Rugged Construction Nylon
  • Wire Frame
  • Plywood Base
  • Only 2.7lbs
  • Premium Fasteners
  • 3-Sided Ventilation
Cons
  • Not best for Pets over 18lbs
  • Only 1 Entry/Exit Point

DETAILS:

RUGGED CONSTRUCTION:  Made with a very sturdy wire frame structure to eliminate that sinking fabric look found on other carriers with a less structured frame. This wire frame ensures this carrier is fully expanded with plenty of space. 

The fabric is Nylon. This type of fabric is good combination of stiffness and flexibility.  Probably, the only better is fabric that includes Spandex.  But, if hard-wearing is key, this works well.  It withstands scuffs and tears. The 1/4″ Plywood Base Insert is a sustainable upgrade from the standard cardboard.

The Safety Seat Belt Attachment is another upgrade.

WEARABILITY:  The Premium Brand Zippers  eliminates those fragile clasps of poorer quality fasteners that separate from the fabric and are reduce the life-span of the carrier. And, of course, they are Auto Self Locking Zippers for safety.  The carrier will not be pushed open by your Pet.

MANY FEATURES: Open Air Large Mesh Windows on 3 Sides, 

I really appreciate the Privacy Cover.  My Cats do not like the feeling of being surrounded.  I think they appreciate the carrier as a sanctuary.  The privacy cover help keeps them calm. Once acclimated to this carrier, they have privacy and ventilation.

  • 1 ample Zippered Pocket 
  • Padded Heavy Duty Shoulder Strap and Hand Carry Handle 
  • Faux Fleece Pet Bed.
  • Name Tag Holder
  • Luggage Strap
  • Leash Tether

Dimensions:  Fits More Airlines than many others (use chart link).  BONUS: Since it weighs only 2.7lbs, it provides more allowance for airline weight requirements. The manufacturer recommends this carrier for Pets Up to 18lbs

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LUXURY MEETS FUNCTION-Arlo Skye

Arlo Skye Pet Carrier
ARLO SKYE

Pros
  • Memory Foam Mattress (removable and washable)
  • Dual Doors: Front and Back
  • Back Sleeve to Secure on Top of Carry-On
  • High Quality, Thick Poly-Mesh, Nylon Fabric.
  • Foldable
  • Compressable
Cons
  • More than Twice the Average Price

It’s swank, elegant and it turns heads. The quality of this carrier shows even before you realize it has a memory foam bed, dual doors, a back sleeve for securing on top of your carry-on.

DETAILS:

PLENTY OF VENTILATION The 360 degree Ventilation on all 4 Sides ensures a cool and breathable space. No matter what is pressed against a side there are more to ensure your furry friend can see and has plenty of ventilation.  With the Two Exit Doors you aren’t moving the carrier around to get access.  The Doors are full-frame allowing for full a height opening.

WEIGHING IN at 4.6 lbs (Medium), 4.0 lbs (Small) this carrier allows more airline weight allowance for your Pet. Arlo Skye recommends a Max weight 25 lbs (M), 15 lbs (S).

AIRPLANE FRIENDLY: Arlo Skye meets TSA and most airlines standards. I like the extra room others do not.  The material is so sturdy that it may not compress as much as less-expensive models but if you need an inch or two, it will compress enough to fit it under the seat in front.

FIRST CLASS COMFORT:  The Memory Foam Pad conforms to your Pet’s body.  It is Removable and Washable. The great quality lets you wash and use for many trips to come.  There is a removable board that adds sturdiness, and the carrier is leak-proof.
Dimensions: (M) 17.5″ x 11″ x 11″, (S)15″ x 10″ x 8.5″

I know that this carrier is approved for: United, American and Delta.


See Our Guide: How to Choose a Carrier for Flying In Cabin

and, How to Book Your Pet to Fly In Cabin

You have many choices for an In Cabin Pet Carrier, we have narrowed the choice after much research and personal testing to: Sherpa, Mr. Peanuts, Katziel and Arlo Skye. Let us know at CompanionPetTravel@gmail.com What your favorite is.

Published by Stephanie Fling

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