For small or fearful birds place a smaller cage inside the pet carrier in case you have to remove your bird for inspection purposes. Place a perch and food and water cups inside the carrier Do not line the carrier with substrate or paper prior to going through airport security.
Clip your bird's flight feathers prior to going to the airport just in case you need to pull your bird out of it's bird carrier in the airport. The last thing you want is for your parrot bird to break a blood feather by getting it caught in the ventilation holes during the flight.
Day of Flight
Feed and water your bird prior to placing it in the bird carrier.
Place fresh fruits inside the food dish and millet in the carrier. Grapes and oranges are ideal.
Place an ice cube in the water dish. It will melt and provide your bird with water during the flight..
Confirm your flight before heading to the airport on the day of travel.
Make sure that you have your parrot's reservation paperwork prior to leaving home.
Arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to your flight so that you can get through airport security.
At the airport, inform airport counter personnel that you are traveling with a live parrot with reservations when you check in.
Request that airport security hand-search your bird carrier rather than allowing it to be inspected through the X-ray machine; If you must run the bird carrier through the X-ray machine, remove your parrot from the bird carrier.