Flying With Your Dog in Cabin in 2021 (NON ESA) | My Experience Bringing My Corgi on a Plane

*Disclaimer* I do not mean to disregard any measures made the be airlines, please be sure to check with specific airlines about the guidelines and do not bring your dog on a plane if it’s going to be uncomfortable for your dog or break any of the airline’s set rules. Dogs over 30lbs will not fit in a carrier comfortably.

This video is all about how you can fly with your dog in-cabin as a non ESA. ESAs were banned in January 2021 by most major US airlines, but Pets CAN fly in cabin with you if they fit comfortably in a carrier. They just have to meet certain requirements, for example, carriers must be no larger than 18.5” long x 8.5” high x 13.5” wide (southwest). There are no weight requirements but the dog or cat must fit in the carrier comfortably. This video details my experience bringing my corgi on the plane with me, in a pet carrier.

If you have any more questions about flying with your pets, please ask me in the comments. I would love to answer them! I don’t know anything specifically about Service Animals as I have not had one.

01:28 Adding a pet to your reservation
02:14 Buying a pet carrier
06:27 Paying the Pet Fee
08:37 Going through security
10:10 The Pet Relief Area
12:12 Boarding the Plane with your Dog
15:21 Social Media Q&A


Amazon carrier:
Roverlund Carrier:



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  1. In case any ones ever wondered, service dogs are not registered or required to be certified under the ADA in the US. Service dog handlers are now required to fill out paperwork that attests to the dogs training and the required task(s) that the dog has been trained to perform to assist the disabled handler with. I believe the airlines can now unfortunately limit the size of service dog that is allowed to fly which places limits on flying with a larger mobility service dog

  2. There is no such thing as registration for service dogs the ADA does not require it and the scams on the Internet will steal your money having a real tasked train service dog means you have a disability that requires one and the dog is trained for your individual disability they’re very different from ESA’s and have very important jobs that save lives

  3. this was SO helpful. im going on my 1st trip in a few weeks. any worries about ears popping? Ive heard about that and im worried now…but i will bring treats now 🙂 my baby is barely 10lbs so i think i should be good

  4. My dog is 9months and definitely not well behaved enough unless he’s tired out. He’s a maltipoo, we’ve had some behavioral issues bc he’s so hyperactive and I’m just not use to training small breeds. Would medication help? I really don’t want to but I don’t really have a choice

  5. I took my chihuahua across country as a non ESA pet and I really don't think she cared about any of it. She was fine hanging out in her carrier. She was fine on the flight. She liked trotting around the airport on leash, having tons of attention. I did not push any limits with her, but no one was weird about her doing anything that is within the bounds of normal dog ettiquette.

    The only issue was that when people see the carrier they want to see your dog, and I get it because they are missing their own pets. It is best once you are on the plane to keep your doggo hidden. At security one of the TSA agents asked to show her to her supervisor. The next thing I know my dog is gone and the entire security crew is fussing over her. If you don't take them out of the carrier then you will have people trying to peek in.

    Honestly, if you have a mellow dog who likes people there are worse things, but if your dog is weird about people or gets overstimulated you need to consider that.

  6. very informative video but if i may give some constructive critisicm on the style of the video:
    halfway through the vid you added music into the background that was way too loud n it suddenly felt like you were trying to fight against the music (like if you were in a club) n it was quite hard to understand you (particulary for non natives like myself). the music really isn’t necessary at all imo, but if you like it as an edit choice, try to keep the volume much lower than your own voice :”)

  7. I recently had a very very bad experience with southwest … my pet is real ESA dog very well behaved except he is scared of sitting within pet carrier bag under the seat. But southwest literally wanted me to put him in and zip on … so it’s like literally putting your kid in container and close the lid .

    It was hell of flight in lifetime ,my boy is shishtzu small in size nearly 20 pounds.

    I really gave very very bad experience to my pet .
    My boy was coming out of bag during flight flight crying with very low voice that no one can hear , flight is almost empty and enough seats

    But these air hostes keep on coming to me and warning me to put him in bag with zip on .

    It was real hell entire flight .

    I am not trying to scare you all , but please if your dog is not comfortable in sitting in pet carrier please dnt travel by flight .

    I will never fly with my boy again.

  8. Technically you need a USDA health certificate which is form 7001 to go across state line or your state's Department of Agriculture health certificate. The airline would be fine $10,000 if they did not check that you had that. That health certificate needs to be done 10 days before travel and is valid for 30 days

  9. Thanks so much for this video. I've been extremely discouraged to fly with my well-behaved Schnauzer because of his size. He is also 27 pounds 21" like Willo. We're ready and confident to make the leap now!

  10. I'm moving overseas. Leaving behind my pug is not an option. I was supposed to leave when they changed the laws. I had to cancel my contract because I started to have panic attacks. Come to find out I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I could in theory make my pug a service dog, but he shows food aggression with other dogs so that is no go for a service dog. Luckily, some airlines have changed weight policies to where I should be able to take him on plane, though he is still on a diet to make it as safe as possible as extra weight makes a long flight more dangerous for snub-nosed dogs. My anxiety after finding this out is mostly non-existent and I feel a lot better. Now if the laws hadn't changed I wouldn't have to go through a bunch of therapy, but I probably would have had issues overseas adjusting without knowing how to cope. So it all worked out in the best way probably. I am a little anxious about the security part not because he's a bad dog but he loves people and generally only wants to do commands for treats. Because pugs are stubborn creatures that are very food motivated. I'll have to work on that. Probably having to trick him into thinking I have a treat. I was so glad this popped into my recommendations though because not knowing that could have been a disaster with my anxiety. I am still anxious about flying a pug because there are risks which is why I'm doing everything possible, by him loosing extra weight, to make the flight safe as possible. Leaving him with family wasn't an option because he is solely attached me since I've had him since he was 7 weeks old and follows me everywhere I allow. I do not allow him in the bathroom while I shower or most of the time if I go out unless it's the pet store, a park or I'm visiting someone that allows dogs.

  11. Thanks for the video I am a USDA class T animal transporter under the name American Pet transport. It can definitely get confusing trying to tell my customer is what paperwork's needed

  12. I fly Delta with my 23lbs beagle and use a large sturdibag carrier. (I've heard the extra large fits too but I haven't tried that one yet). It fits amazing under the seat because the top flexes. I also use a fast pass metal free harness (they also have collars!) so I can make sure I have her under my control in case she might get spooked. I highly recommend these for people traveling with pets in cabin. Also, my vet told me no medicine during flights as it can drop their heart rate and breathing rate which can cause health issues. Instead, she told me I can use Adaptil spray and it seemed to help!

  13. We are flying with a dog (most likely maltipoo) from Korea to the US, which is a 16 hour flight in economy. Are there any must needs to bring for international flights? Thanks and great video!

  14. Thank you for sharing this! I just moved from LA to Nashville and literally a week after i got here, they did the ESA ban : ( Flying back to LA to visit my family next month with my pup and hoping he'll do okay! This video is so helpful! We are flying Southwest : ) I'm ordering the carrier you used.

  15. I have a 30lb corgi and also bought the Amazon carrier. I'm traveling in 2 weeks but it's a bit tight. His head needs to stick out the top of the carrier. Do you think I can bring him or will they be strict about him being completely inside?

  16. I’ve got a 7 lb rescue Chihuahua. He’s tiny but timid. I pray he will be okay on an 8 hour transatlantic flight in the cabin . Your information is so helpful. Ps Willow is a sweetie .x

  17. Did Southwest measure the bag at all? Is the one you bought on Amazon 8.5” in height? Thanks for all the great information! I will be flying with my dog for the first time in a crate now that ESA’s are banned.

  18. Omg thank you for this. We are moving to Germany in 2 months and got our cat and corgi reservations to be in cabin with us! But I've been stressing about the carrier and if they'll let him actually come with us.

  19. Thanks for this! I was super anxious about not being able to fly my 18.5lbs mini schnauzer, but now I feel much better! I got a Large Sturdibag on Amazon. Wyllis stays well in it, but he cant turn easily or even being fully standing up.

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