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The Lufthansa web site says that in-cabin pets must weigh less than 8 kg (including the carrier) and the maximum dimensions of the pet's carrier are 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm (21.7 inches x 15.75 inches x 8 inches).

How strict are they about enforcing this limit, for soft-sided (squishable) carriers?

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Not strict. Didn't check even the weight but got very confused about restrictions in destination countrofand nearly didn't let me on the flight despite the fact I booked and double checked everything was ok. – user26701 Feb 9 '15 at 1:56
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Not strict at all! When I showed up to the gate with my dog in her soft-sided carrier, the Lufthansa representative didn't even look at it; she only asked me how much it weighed.

The carrier I used was the "Bergan Comfort Carrier Soft-Sided Pet Carrier" in the "large" size. It worked perfectly, and fit under the seat without any problem. It also fit under the seat on the connecting flights, which used smaller aircraft.

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kudos for coming band and answering your own question with first-hand knowledge! – Mark Mayo Nov 18 '11 at 11:48

Since this answer hasn't seen much love here, I'm cross-posting answers from the linked FlyerTalk forum post made by OP.

While not an answer specific to Lufthansa, one poster states:

Most carriers are extremely lenient with soft side carriers as they can be squeezed in spaces that a hard sided carrier will not fit in.

In fact AA even mentions this fact on their site where they say, "The maximum size for cabin pet carriers is 19" long x 13" wide x 9" high. Soft-sided pet carriers such as Sherpa bags may exceed these dimensions slightly because they are collapsible."

However, Lufthansa is part of Star Alliance while American Airlines is part of oneworld, and they are different airlines anyway so policies could differ.

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