Leaving on a Jet Plane


We’re leaving on a red eye to travel to the Midwest. With any luck, Mr. N will sleep peacefully through the flight. Wish us luck! 
This is the happy face of a dog who hasn’t seen the suitcases yet!

Update: We made it in one piece! Mr. N whined a little bit during takeoff but slept for the rest of the ride and was very good on the shuttle and waiting in the airport. Going through security though we ran into a new TSA guy and he wanted me to set Mr. N on the floor and have him follow me through the metal detector (no collar/leash). Crazy! Mr. N totally would but I can see a lot of pets getting lost that way. Another TSA person corrected him pretty quickly.

Have you flown with your dog before? Any tips?




23 Responses

  1. Emma

    August 10, 2015 6:49 pm

    I flew under the seat from the UK to Germany when I was 9 weeks old. I howled from the moment I got to the airport until the plane took off, and then again on landing. Mom was a wreck from my howling but everyone still loved me. Katie and I had to fly from Amsterdam to Chicago when we moved back to the US in cargo. It was harder on Mom than it was on us I think. We all made it. Enjoy the midwest…if you are near me in MN, make sure and leave some peemail!

  2. Lara Elizabeth

    August 10, 2015 6:55 pm

    I'm always interested to hear experiences of flying with dogs. Mine are both too big to fly passenger and I would never fly them in cargo, but someday I'd love to have a dog I could fly with. I'm glad you and Mr. N. had a safe trip!

  3. Ann Staub

    August 10, 2015 7:17 pm

    Have fun Mr. N! I have not flown wit any pets before, so I have no tips. That does sound crazy… I think I would have given that guy a weird look probably LOL.

  4. LetterstoAndrew

    August 10, 2015 8:23 pm

    Goodness! You are braver than I am. I haven't flown with my dogs yet and because they are big they would have to go in cargo, which I would never do. 🙂

    The only way I will fly with them if they have a seat on the plane right next to me. LOL

  5. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    August 10, 2015 9:22 pm

    They wanted Mr. N to walk through security on his own without his leash? MOUSES! Crazy, that is. Crazier than a squirrel making nut pies kind of crazy, for sure. We hear stuff about dogs getting loose – AND LOST – at airports too often, as it is. Requests like this explain a lot. No peep should ever be asked to remove a doggy's collar in a strange place, full of stranger peeps, noises and confusion. That's asking way too much, for sure.


  6. OhMyShihTzu

    August 11, 2015 4:52 am

    Glad you guys made it okay… I always recommend that when people fly with their pets to take them a chew for take offs and landings so their ears can adjust to the change in pressure. Riley is so used to flying now that she knows how to pop her ears, but a lot of dogs may not know this and experience some discomfort.

  7. Shannon Adams

    August 11, 2015 1:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, without a collar and lead? Gah! That could've ended so badly! I'm glad the other TSA agent corrected him! Whenever I flew with small dogs they would have me put the carry bag through the machine along with the collar and lead and carry the dog through the detector. Now that I have big dogs, whenever they fly they have to go cargo, unfortunately. I recommend Go Pro cameras. They are inexpensive and small. The newest model is super small. Just an added insurance policy. Hope your trip is fun!

  8. Beth

    August 12, 2015 3:21 am

    Hope that you enjoy your time in the midwest! Barley and I just got back to that region, too; we were so happy to be back in 70 degree weather after having a couple weeks in the south. I've never flown with Barley, but when I flew with Soth a few years ago, they had me hold him (no problem with his collar on) while his carrier went through the scanner and then we walked through the metal detector. Glad you didn't have to let Mr. N walk through without his collar!


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