Airline travel? Soft side carriers?

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Barked: Tue May 25, '10 5:07pm PST 
Gimmel is 4 1/2 months old but he seems so big for his age. We were told that he would get to be about 25-30 pounds, and he is about 12 already. It seems that even the largest of the "approved" airline soft cover carriers are just about too small for him now.
What should/can we do? He measures approx. 12" from paw to his back and from snout to rump about 18-20". He seems to be still growing.
We were told he was a purebreed but have no way of finding out for sure since no one will do anything here in the USA (we got him from a vet in Mexico and he won't give us any papers). He does meet all the characteristics tho.