I bought this to take my 10-year-old, 14-pound long-haired dachshund on his first plane flights—several very long trips, NYC > LAX, LAX > HNL and back again, and then on a roundtrip NYC > DEN. Years ago, I'd purchased a traditional carrier for ground travel purposes but it was getting old. After reading all I could about taking dogs on planes, I took the advice of dogjaunt.com and picked up this SturdiBag Pet Carrier. (Dogjaunt.com is a great resource, by the way, if you're nervous about air travel with your dog, including reports from users about how this carrier fits under different airline seats.). The SturdiBag worked out perfectly.<br /><br />The design of the bag is light and flexible, and generally much more ergonomic than the traditional carrier I had. It was easy to get my dog in and out of for TSA, and easy to carry. The SturdiBag has two long straps that attach in four places to the bag, plus shorter hand straps. This seems to distribute weight better and the bag feels much more balanced than the traditional carrier. I also liked the roll-up panels that cover the mesh areas—I liked having the options of having them up or down, depending on the environment.<br /><br />I placed a familiar blanket over the inner pad (dachshunds are short so boosting him up slightly wasn't an issue) and my dog was totally content. The carrier fit under the seat of all the planes I was on, though some more snuggly than others. In all cases, it did stick out a few inches length-wise, taking away some of my leg room. I really liked the zippered flap on the top. I was able to unzip it and reach in to pet my dog during the flight, and he was able to pop his head out when he was getting restless/curious (he actually slept with his head out of that flap for a couple of hours on each flight). He was so good on each flight that even the people I was sitting next to had no idea there was a dog next to them—they were shocked to see him when we exited the aircraft.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]