Hey there and yes, there is a big downside to using even the best manufactured softsided crates.....determined dogs can get out of them and have. Some have chewed or clawed through the sides, others have pawed through the doors which is why Pilots N Paws only provides hard sided airline approved crates for our pilots to use. Early on we purchased a pop up soft sided crate for my co-founder Jon to use. Upon his landing attempt, he had a large dog with paws on his shoulder who had previously been in a very nice and well built soft sided crate
Fortunately, the landing went well and the dog did not attempt to jump onto his lap!
We are happy to provide hard sided crates free of charge to our pilots. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the dimensions of the area you will be securing the crate.