I'll be visiting Brazil soon, and a friend of mine in Mexico City is a bit of an arachnophile, and has asked me to return with a Brazilian Whiteknee Tarantula for her. I realize there are likely legal obstacles to doing this, but lets assume that I have that all worked out. (Legal question here.)

Practically, how can one fly with a tarantula, without injuring the animal, and without scaring the !@#$% out of airline staff?

If it matters, it would be roughly a 15-hour transit, with a 1.5-hour flight followed by a 10-hour flight.

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    Why would you think that cutie is going to scare anyone? I expect people asking you to cuddle up with it!
    – Geeo
    Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 17:04
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    Make sure you put it on a leash when you take it for a walk through the cabin!
    – uncovery
    Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 7:44

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Every airline will have its own policies, so contact your airline and ask. Airlines regularly transport all sorts of weird creatures, up to and including a herd of elephants, so they'll be happy to advise you how to deal with a tarantula.

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    Ironically, I'll be flying with the same airline in that story.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 2:20

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