So, I have Bato in my dorm with me, and I'm leaving campus for holiday break midday tomorrow. The problem is, I can't leave him in my dorm (Not only will he starve to death in the three week interim, but Campus Safety will repossess him if they see him 'abandoned' like that.) and a friend of mine who is traveling by car who was originally going to take care of him, had to back out at the last minute. I've been researching how to take him on the plane safely with me, and either I put him in my carry-on and risk the TSA throwing him out (not to mention the very, very strict liquid limits) or I put him in my checked baggage. But for that, if my research is correct, I'd need an insulated Styrofoam box- which I don't have.
My flight doesn't leave until 4:30, but I have an exam tomorrow at 8 am that may go until 11. I could run to the local pet store afterwards, but it's too far to walk, and I don't know if I could get to the store, back to my dorm, and then off to the airport in time to catch my flight home.
So, my question to you guys is- is it worth the risk taking him in my carry-on? I'm terrified he'll be thrown away if I try to put him through. And are there any alternative ways I could pack him in my checked bag so that he'll be okay? The flight is about 2-3 hours.
I know he's not sick, but this does qualify as an emergency, since this really is time-sensitive. Please, I really need your help. Otherwise, I could risk losing my fish. D: