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Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Blog, Business |

Are You Allowed To Fly With Cremated Remains?

After the , many people find themselves wishing to take the cremated remains with them to a specific location where the ashes can be distributed. When travel occurs by car, this may be an uncomplicated process. However, when the cremated remains are transported by air, the person traveling with the remains must adhere to the rules and regulations of the airlines as well as the TSA. Knowing the rules and how they can affect your air travel is important for ensuring the successful journey.

Are you allowed to fly with cremated remains?

Typically, you are allowed to fly with cremated remains. Some airlines may place restrictions that prohibit travelers from putting checked baggage in their luggage, while other airlines may allow cremated remains in their checked baggage or in carry-on luggage. The rules vary from airline to airline, so you’ll need to check with your airline before flying.

Will the TSA need to inspect the remains in the urn?

The TSA will need to scan the remains in order to allow the ashes past the security checkpoint. This must be done . TSA agents will not open the urn. If the standard screening process cannot prove without opening the container that the remains do not contain a prohibited item, then the remains will not be allowed past the security checkpoint. This means that the urn must be made of a scannable material that will not interfere with the TSA’s security equipment.

What materials can be used to hold remains that can still be scanned by security?

Plastic, cloth and cardboard are all materials that can be scanned by the TSA security equipment. If you decide to put the remains inside a cardboard or cloth container, it’s best to put them inside a sealable plastic bag first. This will prevent the container from breaking open during transport.

What if you wish to transport the cremated remains in a metal urn, as per the specifications of the deceased?

If you must fly and you must transport the ashes in a metal urn to comply with the wishes of the deceased, have the funeral home place the ashes inside a plastic bag first, then put the bag inside the urn. This way you can remove the bag with the ashes while going through security, and put the bag back when you’re at the gate.

For more information about traveling and flying with cremated remains, speak with your funeral home director. He or she will be able to give you tips that will help ensure a smooth flight.