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Top 5 Pet Carriers For United Airlines

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Headquartered at the Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois, United Airlines is one of the top ten most pet-friendly in the United States. United allows each customer to travel with up to two pets in the cabin. However, only dogs and cats are allowed to travel in the cabin and they must travel in either a hard-sided or soft-sided carrier. You are required to buy two seats on your flight if you’re traveling with two pets.

Unlike other major airlines, United does not impose weight or breed restrictions on pets. However, you must transport your pet in a carrier that fits under the seat in front of you otherwise you cannot fly with your pet. Only service animals are allowed to fly on United Airlines planes without a pet carrier. 

United Airlines accepts soft-sided pet carriers that are 18 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 11 inches high. Hard-sided carriers, on the other hand, must measure 17.5 inches in length, 12 inches in width, and 9 inches in height. With those dimensions in mind, I have compiled a list of the top pet carriers for United Airlines.

United Airlines' pet carrier dimensions

Top 5 soft-sided pet carriers for United Airlines

1. Mr. Peanut's Soft-Sided Pet Carrier

Mr. Peanut's Soft-Sided Pet Carrier for United Airlines

Measuring 18"L x 10.5"W x 11"H, this soft-sided pet carrier from Mr. Peanut's meets United Airlines' size requirements for soft-sided carriers. Weighing only 2.7 pounds, this pet carrier can accommodate pets that are 16 inches long and 9" inches tall and weigh up to 15 pounds. Designed to meet all airline regulations, this carrier is ventilated on all sides and equipped with a removable fleece travel bed. Customers love this carrier because it is lightweight, good-sized, cozy, and has lots of openings. It is available in different colors including charcoal ash, platinum gray, purple, and rosa red.

2. Henkelion's Cat and Small Dog Carrier

Henkelion's Cat and Small Dog Carrier

By measuring 17 x 11 x 11 inches and weighing only 7.1 ounces, this well-ventilated carrier from Henkelion meets United's requirements. This carrier is popular on Amazon for its value, portability, and appearance. For instance, some customers mention in their reviews that the carrier is easy to carry and store while others appreciate the size, ease of use, and quality. Even so, there are mixed opinions about the carrier's zipper. Pets measuring 15 inches in length, 9 inches in height, and weighing 15 pounds can fit in this bag.

3. Wakytu Pet Carrier

Wakytu Pet Carrier

Measuring 17.7 x 11 x 11 inches, the Wakytu pet carrier meets United Airlines' in-cabin travel requirements. Made of high-quality polyester fabric, this carrier has three openings and five breathable mesh windows. This pet carrier's bottom has a built-in 4mm honeycomb panel and is equipped with soft cushions for your pet to rest. Waterproof and escape-proof, this carrier is suitable for both flight and car travel.

4. Akinerri Pet Carrier

Akinerri Pet Carrier

Being 17.5"L x 11"W x 11"H, this pet carrier from Akinerri is United Airlines-friendly and suitable for pets up to 15 pounds. It has two entrances and mesh windows for ventilation. It also comes with carrying handles, an adjustable shoulder strap, and a cozy fleece pad. This carrier has many positive reviews for its weight, quality, ease of use, comfort, appearance, as well as functionality. For instance, while some customers mention that the carrier is easy to carry and store, others like the attractive ice grey color and the mesh paneling.

5. Sherpa's Pet Carrier

Sherpa's Pet Carrier

This airline-approved pet carrier from Sherpa is perfect for traveling by air, bus, car, or train. Measuring 17"L x 11"W x 10.5"H, this carrier is designed to easily fit under airplane seats and accommodate pets up to 15 pounds. It features escape-proof locking zippers and 2 entrances and has mesh panels for ventilation.



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