Phoned AA and asked the question and didn't like my answer. They said that perishable frozed food must be packed in dry ice with a special vented freezer box. Also an extra $40 fee.
I have checked boxes of frozen fish many times with NWA from Alaska to Grand Rapids (regulation freezer boxes) as luggage and never had a fee or had to use dry ice.
This time I want to check about 20 lbs of frozen shrip from Corpus Christi to Grand Rapids. The shrimp would be in freezer bags, wrapped in newspaper, taped shut, put in styraphome freezer box , and then put into a special waxed, heavy duty carboard freezer box.
Last year with just 8 lbs, I just wrapped the packets of frozen shrimp in newpaper, taped it up good and then around my clothes, and everything came out great.
If I use a freezer box, do I have to use dry ice????
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You can do the special handling or....
fly through an airport like DFW with our nearly 80 degree afternoons and hope for the best. Sure a lot of people fly frozen food products unofficially, but that doesn't protect you against the 'what ifs'. It's only January. The way this 'winter' is going, it's going to be over 90 degrees on those DFW ramps very soon.
Last time my husband flew back from Alaska with frozen salmon, it had to be on dry ice and we had to pay a fee. I thought it was just an excess luggage fee at the time. They probably have had some bad (smelly) incidents.
My business partner did the packing fish with cold packs in your luggage thing once--the only time his bag was ever lost. He got it a week later. Everything had to go in the trash. So I don't recommend that.
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It doesn't seem like all that many years ago when flying with frozen food in coolers [especially to atypical caribbean destinations] was the norm. You used to see a ton of them being checked as baggage. Never had a problem. Never had a fee.
Might it be cheaper to pack up the stuff and ship it via FedEx? Or do that freebie Citibank shipping deal if it's still available?
When we go from SJD up to the states with fish it's just frozen in a hard sided cooler. No extra ice or dry ice. They don't accept styrofoam containers here and announce it upon arrival in SJD. We've never had to pay an extra fee.