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?

[cross-posted: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travel-pets/1270999-lufthansa-cabin-pet-policy.html ]

  • 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
    Commented Feb 9, 2015 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
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 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.


Absolutely strict or we got totally ripped off. It may have everything to do with the fact that we were taking our dog out of Istanbul airport to Germany and they made us buy one of their crates from cargo otherwise they would not allow my dog on the flight. They said they only had a large crate left and so ended up charging us in total an extra 360 euros which was almost the cost of my flight ticket. Turkish staff were really horrible.

  • Welcome to the site. If your experience was about a crate that went into the hold, I'm not sure that your answer responds to the question,which was about in-cabin pets and carriers.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Dec 11, 2018 at 21:56
  • You should probably let us know the type, dimensions and weight of the crate you had to transport your dog, otherwise this just looks like a rant.
    – jcaron
    Commented Dec 11, 2018 at 22:48

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