so im going back to school and i want to bring my tank, the only thing is im flying so it would either have to be shipped or would have to be carry on, which wouldnt be a problem for me as its small, but i just dont want it to get taken away or something. so does anyone have any input in this, oh yea im flying southwest from san jose to san diego. thanks!
Well, I don't think they will take anything away as long as it's only hardware, and no plants/fish. I'd suggest shipping those if I were you, but not sure on the regulations on shipping those. Might not be a problem though.
Just pack it tightly in a box with styrofoam pieces, then place that box in another box tightly packed the same way. It would be fine dropped from a 4 story building. You could also insure it for value if you are still concerned. I would be more concerned carrying it around.
I actually got back from the West Coast, where I just brought out a planted nano, covered with Saran wrap out to my brother-in-law. I just let the TSA guy know it's live plants, he told me to just put it through the x-ray machine. The water was all drained out. So far the plants are growing well, so I don't think the x-ray machine did any harm - at least in the short term.
As far as bringing a glass container as a carry on - as long as it's not filled with liquid there shouldn't be a problem at all.