Well Brandy, I may not be the best person to ask because I do not
fly (yop, I mean it) LOL. I do know however of many customers who
flew in from foreign countries just to buy bettas from me and flew
right back with them. In all cases, they HAND CARRIED the bettas on
Most airlines should be pretty
nice about it, especially if it's only one betta. Then again, the
betta could have a bomb strapped under its armpit. Wait. Bettas do
not have armpits. OK, you're safe then LOL.
This is how to handle the safe
transportation of your loved finned companion:
Get a 1/2 gal plastic jar,
with a tight lid that you can screw on tightly. Plastic will not
break so I prefer it over glass. When traveling it is not hard
to accidentally drop something, and if that something ends up
being your betta you don't want the jar to shatter in a million
Fill your plastic jar with
about 2 inches of water, no more.
Make sure the water you use is
the same as the one your betta is used to, and the same
Right before leaving, net our
betta and gently release him in the jar. Screw on the lid tight.
Do not punch any holes in it, the jar must be leak proof.
Do not feed your betta the day
prior to leaving. Do not feed him while traveling.
Put the jar in a small hand
carry bag, such as a soft plastic cooler, or a small bag. If
possible, place a small towel around the jar to absorb possible
When you check in, let them
know you are hand carrying your betta. Especially at the X-Ray
machine. It used to be they would not run the bettas through the
X-rays. Of course things may be different now with all the
paranoia with possible terrorism so expect to encounter possible
complications depending on the person that is on duty at the
time. If they are fish lovers, you might be OK :).
Be sure that they do not take
your bag to put it in the cargo area of the plane. You must
carry the betta with you onboard the plane, in the
passenger area, and you can place it above your head in the
small carry one luggage storage locker. Your betta will be just
Make sure to open the lid for
a few seconds every 6 hours, to get some air. With a 1/2 gal jar
and only 2 inches of water, your betta probably has enough air
to last about 14 days anyways ;) but just to be safe, if you
can, do open it.