Sherpa Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag

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About This Item


  • Perfect for traveling in style and comfort by plane, car, for an adventure or just a trip to the vet.
  • Patented spring wire frame allows the rear end of the carrier to be pushed down several inches to conform to under seat dimensions.
  • Features include mesh windows for ventilation, top and side entry with locking zippers for safety, padded carrying strap with adjustable no-slip shoulder and a machine-washable faux lambskin liner.
  • Has a rear pocket for convenient storage and seatbelt strap to help keep your pet safe.
  • Approved for use on most airlines and included in an exclusive Guaranteed on Board program: Small is approved for American Airlines, AirTran Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, U.S. Airways, United Airlines, Air Canada Airlines and West Jet Airlines. Medium is approved for American Airlines, United Airlines and Air Canada Airlines.

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About Sherpa Travel Pet Carriers

Sherpa Travel Pet Carriers

Sherpa Travel Carriers are airline-approved carriers that let your pet travel comfortably on the go, in the car or on walks. They are easy to use and durable enough to keep your pet safely contained and protected.

Fits Under Most Airline Seats

Sherpa Carriers with a built-in spring-wire frame allow you to push down the rear side of the carrier several inches. This helps them fit under most airline seats in compliance with airline requirements and FAA regulations. The flexible design makes the carrier in-cabin friendly and airline approved for most airlines.

Fly With Peace of Mind

Sherpa worked with major airlines to make a carrier that is Guaranteed On Board. Sherpa’s Guaranteed On Board program provides you the information you need for future travels with your pet and added assurance that your carrier will be allowed to fly.

Sherpa Makes Travel Easy

Sherpa Carriers feature mesh panels for ventilation, top and side entries, locking zippers for added safety and a seatbelt safety strap.

About Sherpa

In 1989, Sherpa introduced their first soft-sided carriers so pets could fly in-cabin. Today, they continue to innovate to make traveling secure and comfortable for every pet – every day and on every trip. Whether you’re going around the block, across town or on a flight around the world, Sherpa products will help you travel with peace of mind.

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Questions & Answers

39 Customer Questions

Can the top of the medium be squished down? One of the flights I’m on is saying that it needs to be able to be squished down to 7 inches 😳

Does the carrier have wheels?
Answer by JazminJul 13, 2023
No it does not.

Where is the entry door?
Answer by ChewyJun 07, 2023
This carrier has a top and side entry with locking zippers for safety.

are there instructions on how to use the car safety belt to secure the carrier in the car?
Answer by ChewyOct 31, 2018
The seat belt may be looped through the seat belt strap on the carrier and secured into the seat belt buckle. Please see the picture below for reference.

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828 Customer Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Dev on Aug 21, 2023

Expected better construction, but did the job

I bought this based on the good reviews and that the size would meet United's requirements. Unfortunately, the first carrier I received seemed to be defective. I could not assemble--the black stiff base piece was too long, so the provided Velcro tabs did not work. Chewy promptly sent a replacement, and the base piece was a bit shorter, and the Velcro just barely attached, keeping the base in place. The carrier did fit just fine under the seat in front of me on both Boeing 737 and Airbus A319 airplanes. Interestingly, the United agents didn't check the size of the carrier--they only looked inside to see if my dog could stand up and turn around.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Bee on Sep 20, 2023

Soft and strong

My kitty hurt her nose rubbing against the inside of her old plastic carrier too much. This carrier has more room and has a soft interior. Perfect for my loving kitty! It's strong. The bottom is solid so you don't have to worry about feeling like the cat's in a bag (pun intended). Happy with this purchase!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Mae on Sep 10, 2023

Good quality

This carrier is lightweight and easy to get my cats in and out of. I like that it is open so they can see and the flooring is good for them to grip. Not that cats are easy to get into and out of anything they don't want to get into. lol

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Penny on Aug 26, 2023

Soft cat carrier

Bought this carrier to try instead of the old heavy animal carrier. Placed it open on the floor when it arrived. Both of my cats got in and laid down. Used it to transport my rescued cat who hates to be confined. She did meow while in it but was calmer. Glad I purchased this one.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By JaneW on Sep 1, 2023

A Huge Hit!!

My cats are terrified of their old carriers so I thought I’d try something new. They both love these carriers - Suzy taken up residence. I did buy a larger size than the specs indicated.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By AnneSo on Aug 14, 2023

Great carrier

I bought this carrier for my cat and it is great. As I don't have a car I wanted something easy to carry for my cat and it is exactly what I needed. My cat also loves it and it is a safe place for him, especially at the vet !

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Bean on Aug 27, 2023

Well constructed

Seems to be well made and sturdy. Would be better if it had a pocket or 2. The top opening is nice but unfortunately my dog still refuses to get in it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Amy on Jun 10, 2023

Best Carrier

These are the best carriers, especially if your cat is a difficult one to coax into the standard hard shell carriers. This one has a front or top entry. We had one, from years ago, and I just ordered 2 more...thought I had ordered the same size as before but had accidentally ordered the incorrect size :( the lady at Chewy was so kind and quick to help and resolved the error and got the right sized ones sent right out to me! Thank you so much!!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By sibylline7 on Jun 8, 2023

Spacious and functional

I bought the medium bag for my 7lb cat and the large for my 15lb cat. These were good choices for the two cats; they both have plenty of room in each bag. The top of the large bag does sag, however. I liked the faux wool liner that is easy to take out and wash in the washer. The rest of the bag has been easy to wash too (remove the cardboard insert and soak the whole thing in warm, soapy water).

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Val on Jul 20, 2023

Perfect carrier for a mini poodle

Haven’t traveled with it yet but Daisy loves hanging in the carrier at home. Getting her used to it before taking it on the road. She is almost 12 lbs and the large is perfect.