Continental is recommended for the travel of rats in their pet cargo. However, it certainly wouldn't be advisable to ship your rat solely for the purpose of going to a rat show. Its quite safe, but it is a stressful and there is always the chance of something going wrong.
I've transported young rats on Delta several times. You have to put them in your bra when you go through security, and then transfer them into a box in your bag for the rest of the trip.
Last time I did it, the girl did *not* want to hang out in there, without popping her head out to look around. So I made a cardboard insert into my tank top (the kind with a bra built in) that looked natural, and duct taped her in for the security portion. She came dangerously close to escaping, but it was still successful.
Of course, who knows what they'd do if they caught someone doing this. Probably put them on Homeland Security's no-fly list or arrest them for being a terrorist. And of course, that's a terrible way to fly multiple rats, or do often if you're going to shows. But it works in a pinch.
LOL, well I guess once you're in the air there isn't much they can do if they catch you with a rat...lol. The bra carrier is brilliant, but would most likely only work for one rat...Maybe covince all your girl friends to go with you...
haha I did actually try to sneak them through once but my mum caught me and drove us back home to drop off the ratties. If I got caught, who knows what would happen? After all, that cute little rat could be a BOMB!!!
Ohh ive got probily the only idea that works ((i think))... i know it may sound wrong but it could work till you get to the bathroom on the plane: stick the ratty securly in your pants! them you can lock him in your purse or somethin... hey it could work.
I'm surprised more people haven't snuck rats on planes. I had to take my new rattie (Butts) cross-country when I finished school last summer and went traveling for a month, and I just plain didn't want to spend the funds to ship her around. So I found a solution.
(Can you tell I'm not one for following rules?)
Also, staying away from people with dogs is a *good* idea. Someone had a yappy little thing near me when I was waiting for my connection, and it kept sniffing in my direction with great interest and yapping loudly.