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Old 03/02/2008, 04:15 PM   #1
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Best Way to Trasnport Fish/inverts Via Airplane

Not Shipping, but as a carry on item?

I'm on my way back from school, and would like to transport a few inverts home, is there any way that i would be able to carry it on the plane. Even with all these rules and regulations with water, liquids ect.
Under the plane is out of the question, as they would never survive the under storage conditions. I'm not trying to subject the animals to any more stress than they half to. It will be a 1.5 hr flight direct. If you have any knowledge about carry on standards/conditions your imput will be greatly appreciated.

Keep in mind this is just a question, with the ability to mail/ship the animals as well.


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Old 03/02/2008, 04:20 PM   #2
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I came back from florida to CT with a backpack full of stuff. They didn't care that I had it, but I'm not sure what the rules are.


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Old 03/02/2008, 04:34 PM   #3
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Define "stuff" ha


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Old 03/02/2008, 04:42 PM   #4
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Call the airline. They aren't going to shoot you for calling and asking and honest question. The best bet might be to do what the retail business does-- get some styrofoam coolers from an LFS, bag everything up and pack it in tight, than put a heat pack in and check it like people do with dogs and cats.


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Old 03/02/2008, 04:44 PM   #5
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I've wondered the same thing, and I was thinking about just putting frags in film canisters and taking them with me, but that still isn't a great way of doing it due to temp fluctuations. You could stick them under the plane in a styrafoam box, just like shipping it, but saving you the cost of overnighting.


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Old 03/02/2008, 05:44 PM   #6
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Old 03/02/2008, 06:18 PM   #7
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Exactly, I think you can only bring a limited amount of water in a container and it has to have been never opened? I'm not exactly sure.

I feel like i don't trust the "throwers" as they're called to handle my little Styrofoam box carefully as they launch it into the very cold cargo hold.

Hmmm


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Old 03/02/2008, 06:28 PM   #8
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Exactly, I think you can only bring a limited amount of water in a container and it has to have been never opened? I'm not exactly sure.
The volume of liquids and gels applies only to carry-on items. Individual containers can carry no more than 3 oz each and all containers carrying liquids MUST fit in a sealed 1 QT Ziplock bag. Containers dont need to be unopened. I've carried lots of partial bottles of saline/moisturizer/shampoo, etc. through. As long as they all fit in your QT-size baggie. Also, they must be put through the scanner. Not sure what effect the X-ray machine might have on live animals. A friend of mine tried to carry on an unopened bottle of wine from Napa Valley on our most recent trip home from San Fran. They made her leave it behind.

Checked items are a different story. I don't think there are restrictions on liquids in checked bags, but I could be wrong. Check with the airline. Also, anytime you transport live animals or plants, I believe you have to claim them with the airline so they know. I'd be skeptical about baggage handlers respecting the styrofoam box, but hey, how else are they shipped for wholesale/retail?


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Old 03/02/2008, 07:42 PM   #9
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I don't think the airlines would have a problem..... It's the TSA you have to concern yourself with in regards to carry-on items.


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Old 03/03/2008, 08:34 AM   #10
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Your right maybe i'll just pack it like I'm shipping it with heat packs and the works and slap a this is a dam fish be careful for Christ sake. haha

I would ideally however want to carry it on board with me, I'd feel more responsible if something were to happen and wouldn't be tempted to blame those dam baggage people!


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Old 03/03/2008, 08:38 AM   #11
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You can transport them in checked luggage


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Old 03/03/2008, 08:44 AM   #12
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yea, last time i checked a bag they shattered all the plastic internal structure of the bag busted a tripod and bent the metal, i dunno if i'd trust checking it.


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Old 03/03/2008, 10:48 AM   #13
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You definitely CANNOT bring them carryon. I had a friend try this a few months ago coming back from Hawaii. He ended up having to run around the airport to find the FedEx counter and shipped it home that way.

I can't remember why he didn't try it as checked baggage. I'm sure there was a reason.

Bottom line, call the airline first.


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