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Old 01/01/2008, 07:15 PM
stan zemanek stan zemanek is offline
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rics on a plane??????????

leaving for Disney this weekend for some R+R was wondering if anyone has had sucess with bringing home rics on a plane. I live in NJ so plane ride will only be about 2 hours. was thnking about bringing them in the carry on but was afraid the security nazis will take them. If I put them in my suitcase and put them in the cargo hold I think they will freeze at altitude. Any ideas
Old 01/01/2008, 07:19 PM
stan zemanek stan zemanek is offline
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Before all you guys start bashing me let me clear something up. I will not be taking them from the ocean. I was planning on stopping buy Sea In The City in Orlando I hear its the store of stores when it comes to corals.
Old 01/01/2008, 07:29 PM
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You can not find rics in Orlando's waters anyway. They are way down in the Keys.
You can place the rics separately in small plastic bags with just ample water and air. Then place them in a thermos bottle (get the one with big mouth) and place it in your luggage. They wont freeze in the thermos bottle. Just make sure you surround it with bubble wrap and surround it with soft clothings/towels, etc., just for safety.
Better yet, just order online from Ken from Sealifeinc from the keys. His price is reasonable and shipping is very cheap.
Old 01/01/2008, 07:55 PM
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Old 01/02/2008, 12:51 AM
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Don't forget you can't take more than 3oz. liquid in carry on luggage.
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Old 01/02/2008, 01:53 AM
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Buy them and ship them to yourself before you leave Florida.
Old 01/03/2008, 03:23 PM
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Thermos would be the way to go - like Whisperer said. But I have never thought of City in the Sea as a ricordea source. Did you talk to Ernie at the store to see what is in stock?
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Old 01/08/2008, 01:41 PM
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You have almost no shot of getting it through security as a carry-on. If you were to follow all the TSA rules (max of 3 oz liquid), you wouldn't have enough water for it to survive any meaningful length of time. It would be very difficult to sneak it through, as something like a mushroom in a bag would be fairly obvious, not to mention the risk of being falsely accused of illegal transport (TSA, police are unlikely to know that this species isn't native to FL waters, and thus may assume you collected)

If you REALLY want to bring it with you on the plane, Checked baggage is your best bet. 99% of the time the baggage hold is not only pressurized, but heated as well, but- usually to only 50 - 60 degrees. I would put it in a baggie, then put that inside a thermos or something to protect it from the inevitable leaks that will occur when it is thrown around. But, remember...supposedly 100% of checked baggage is screened now, and If they happen to see it, it may cause you problems (even if it isn't illegal, the TSA can make your life painful when they find things of "interest")

I agree with a previous poster - shipping is your best option. FL to NJ should be relatively inexpensive (< $20)
Old 01/08/2008, 02:15 PM
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