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Offline blazedrat

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Questions about taking rats on planes
« on: December 09, 2019, 09:39:04 PM »
If anyone ever flew with rats before, what it is like? Do they charge per rat? Should I get a special type of carrier?

Offline Michael C

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Re: Questions about taking rats on planes
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2019, 12:44:25 AM »
I've never flown with rats but I don't think it's very easy or affordable in most cases.

Most airlines don't allow you to carry them with you. Some airlines allow you to ship your rats in the cargo section. They have specific requirements for travel crates and it can be hundreds of dollars. Some breeders offer shipping so if you found one of these, you can ask them how they do it.

I think Frontier is the only airline that might allow you to carry rats on the plane with you. It appears a round trip flight would cost $200 just for your rats.

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Re: Questions about taking rats on planes
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2019, 02:06:44 PM »
It would be a one way trip, it is possible that I will be moving in a year, and I'd like to take my girls with me.

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Re: Questions about taking rats on planes
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2020, 02:45:13 PM »
15 years ago, some airlines allowed rats, though it was like $50-75 (but I think they charged per travel cage, not per rat). However, soon after that many of them stopped accepting anything but cats and dogs in the cabin, and you do NOT want to check rats as baggage, I doubt they'd survive.

So basically - check with the individual airlines, it's possible some still allow it. But I'd also note that one time, I forget which airline, did not say anything about species restrictions on their website, I had the vet certificate they asked for, I paid my $75, and I even flew down with the rats - and they literally changed the rules while I was out of town for a week and I wasn't allowed to fly back with them. It was a mess.

If you want to take them when you move, I would find a way to drive.
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Re: Questions about taking rats on planes
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2020, 03:47:19 PM »
Driving that far is not an option for me, it would be by plane. I don't even have my license yet, I'm working on that. It's 12+ hours. I haven't even drove for one. I recently got my permit.
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