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Swiss or Lufthansa approved pet carrier - personal experiences

Hi all!

We are leaving Switzerland this summer and will be flying Swiss or Lufthansa to Oman with our little dog and cat. I want to maximise the space they have but ensure we dont have any issues getting them onboard at the gate!

The size and weight requirements are identical for both airlines.

My question: is there anyone here who has travelled with either airline with no issues and if so what carrier do you have? There are so many that claim to be airline approved and yet quite a bit of variation in the exact dimensions.

Thanks in advance!

edit: I have done a search on 'cabin' and on 'pet carrier' here and there are a few threads but non that include the name of a tried and tested carrier
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Re: Swiss or Lufthansa approved pet carrier - personal experiences

Hi!
Have you already traveled? How was your experience?
We are planning to bring our cat to Switzerland with Lufthansa around August-September and their in-cabin carrier dimensions are very small, 23 cm smallest dimension.
We couldn't even find one that complies with it so far and got a slightly bigger one.

What carrier did you have and did you have any issues? How strict are they with the carrier dimensions and rules?

Thanks!
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Hi!
Have you already traveled? How was your experience?
We are planning to bring our cat to Switzerland with Lufthansa around August-September and their in-cabin carrier dimensions are very small, 23 cm smallest dimension.
We couldn't even find one that complies with it so far and got a slightly bigger one.

What carrier did you have and did you have any issues? How strict are they with the carrier dimensions and rules?

Thanks!
We have travelled. It was too small to expect the dog to be squished in the required size so we went with him in cargo. Wasn’t much fun for any of us - lots of tears, but it was a smooth as could be hoped for. Was really nothing stress wise Considering the fact the dog then went missing a day after we landed and thanks to a group of amazing perfect strangers pounding the streets with us in 45° heat, we got him back 48hrs and a lot of media coverage later!
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Re: Swiss or Lufthansa approved pet carrier - personal experiences

Flown with a cat to Budapest several times.

No problem at all. We have a soft carrier. You can find the maximum dimensions on the Swiss website, but the folks in the pet shop can also tell you which airlines accept which type. But nobody actually ever checked the dimensions. They did check the weight of cat plus carrier though so that is something you need to think through if your pets are at the heavy end.

People at security were also great and took special care not to stress the cat.

How well the trip goes overall can depend on the cabin staff. Most are OK but some can be real barstewards, such as forcing us to put the carrier under the seat ages before the plane actually pushed back, and when the cat was obviously distressed and needed comforting.
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We have travelled. It was too small to expect the dog to be squished in the required size so we went with him in cargo. Wasn’t much fun for any of us - lots of tears, but it was a smooth as could be hoped for. Was really nothing stress wise Considering the fact the dog then went missing a day after we landed and thanks to a group of amazing perfect strangers pounding the streets with us in 45° heat, we got him back 48hrs and a lot of media coverage later!

Can only imagine how stressful it is to put him in the cargo, but glad he was found and everything ended well!

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Flown with a cat to Budapest several times.

No problem at all. We have a soft carrier. You can find the maximum dimensions on the Swiss website, but the folks in the pet shop can also tell you which airlines accept which type. But nobody actually ever checked the dimensions. They did check the weight of cat plus carrier though so that is something you need to think through if your pets are at the heavy end.

People at security were also great and took special care not to stress the cat.

How well the trip goes overall can depend on the cabin staff. Most are OK but some can be real barstewards, such as forcing us to put the carrier under the seat ages before the plane actually pushed back, and when the cat was obviously distressed and needed comforting.
Thanks a lot! That's what I was hoping to hear. We are okay with the weight, the cat+carrier weigh below 8 kg together, but it's our first time flying with him and I was worried that having one larger dimension than what they put on their website would be a problem.
The carrier is soft and probably can be squished a bit to put under the seat.

Anyway, I found it a bit weird that the carrier dimensions on Swiss/Lufthansa websites are identical to regular carry-on restrictions, since the carry-on size is defined by the size of the overhead compartment, and there is no way the little guy goes there
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Re: Swiss or Lufthansa approved pet carrier - personal experiences

We flew with Swiss from the US to Zurich last year with our cat. We used the Sleepypod Air cat carrier. It was more expensive than other carriers, but also sturdier and more secure, which we liked so that she wouldn't be jostled around as much.

We were a little nervous about the dimensions, because you technically have to fold up the sides of this carrier to get it to meet the Swiss requirements (and because it's sturdy, they're not that easy to fold). But like others have said, Swiss only looked at the weight when we checked in. They didn't pay attention to the cat carrier at all when we were actually boarding the plane.

The dimensions on the Swiss website give length/height/width, but when I called Swiss (twice) to confirm, all they said was that as long as the dimensions don't exceed 118 cm total, the carrier is allowed.

Good luck!
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We flew with Swiss from the US to Zurich last year with our cat. We used the Sleepypod Air cat carrier. It was more expensive than other carriers, but also sturdier and more secure, which we liked so that she wouldn't be jostled around as much.

We were a little nervous about the dimensions, because you technically have to fold up the sides of this carrier to get it to meet the Swiss requirements (and because it's sturdy, they're not that easy to fold). But like others have said, Swiss only looked at the weight when we checked in. They didn't pay attention to the cat carrier at all when we were actually boarding the plane.

The dimensions on the Swiss website give length/height/width, but when I called Swiss (twice) to confirm, all they said was that as long as the dimensions don't exceed 118 cm total, the carrier is allowed.

Good luck!

Thank you!

Our carrier is under 118 cm in total. I'm happy to hear that. One thing less to worry about, I think we're safe
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