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Can you carry live fish for aquarium on a plane?

Posted by Jack on December 22, 2022
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    Fish are beautiful, peaceful creatures that make any home feel more alive. But if you're thinking of bringing a live fish on board an airplane, don't do it! Generally speaking, airlines won't allow passengers to take live animals on their flights, and this includes fish. So how can it be possible? Read on for some helpful tips and exceptions:

    The short answer is no, you can't take live fish with you on a plane.

    The short answer is no, you can't take live fish with you on a plane. The long answer is that there are exceptions to this rule and they're very specific to each airline. Some airlines will allow live fish if they are packed properly and handled carefully by airline staff. However, most airlines don't allow it because of health concerns for both the animals and humans on board the plane.

    You also won't be able to bring any kind of pet dog or cat as part of your carry-on luggage when traveling internationally; this includes dogs that weigh less than 8 pounds (3 kilograms). If possible, check these types of pets as checked baggage so they have more room to move around during their flight journey!

    But there are some exceptions.

    But there are some exceptions. If you're traveling with a pet dog or cat, the animal must be in a carrier that's small enough to fit under the seat in front of you. If it cannot fit under the seat, then it must be carried on top of the plane (in an approved kennel).

    You may also carry live fish if:

    • You are traveling for fishing purposes and need to keep your catch alive; or
    • You have a service animal that requires water for medical purposes

    For example, if you're traveling with your pet dog or cat.

    If you're traveling with your pet dog or cat, the rules are slightly different. For example, if you are flying on a domestic flight within the United States and the animal is in an approved carrying case or container that can fit under the seat in front of you (or in an overhead compartment), then there are no restrictions on its size.

    However, if your pet's carrier will not fit under the seat in front of you (or overhead), then it must be stowed beneath luggage at all times during takeoff and landing--and only one carrier per person may be stored this way during flight time.

    Or if you want to go fishing and do not have time to wait for the fish to die out of natural causes.

    If you're going fishing, and want to bring the fish back home with you, then there are some things that need to be considered.

    You can't bring live fish on a plane because of the risk of bringing in diseases and parasites into your country. It is also illegal in most countries including America, Canada, Japan and Australia.

    However if you want to go fishing but do not have time for your catch to die out of natural causes then there are some options available:

    • Freeze it before traveling or after arrival at destination (this works best if frozen within 24 hours). Make sure that it is completely thawed before eating!

    In this case, you can ask your airline about bringing live fish on board in special containers.

    If you want to bring live fish home from a vacation or business trip, you need to check with your airline first. The airline may have restrictions on how many fish can be brought on board and what kinds of aquariums are allowed.

    Your next step after checking with your airline is contacting the airport where you will be flying out of. Each airport has its own rules regarding pets and animals entering or leaving through their facilities, so it's important that they know what type of animal (fish) you're traveling with so that they can help facilitate any necessary arrangements for inspection by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

    You can carry live fish as long as they are packed properly and handled carefully by airline staff

    As long as you have a permit to carry live fish on a plane, and the airline staff know about it, then yes. You can carry live fish in your checked baggage.

    If you want to keep them in your carry-on luggage instead, then make sure they're kept in a sealed container that does not leak any fluids or gases (so no Ziploc bags).


    If you have any questions about packing your fish for travel, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help!


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