We realize how difficult it is to lose a loved one, but knowing and planning to meet the conditions set out below ahead of time can help you avoid disappointment at the airport.
You may bring cremated remains in a cremation container or urn on the plane with you, but first it must pass through the X-ray.
- It must be made of a material that allows the X-ray to clearly scan its contents.
- It must pass security screening. Documentation from a funeral home does not provide an exemption to this requirement.
- Screening officers are not permitted to open a cremation container, and they will not inspect the contents if you open it yourself.
- It cannot be placed in checked baggage if it has been X-rayed at pre-board screening and its contents could not be determined.
Before Heading to the Airport
- Ask your funeral director about temporary containers for transportation purposes. These containers are more likely to pass through security.
- You can also bring your empty permanent container with you and arrange for a funeral home at your destination to transfer the container contents.
- Due to differences in thickness, shape and material, some cremation containers are more likely to pass through security screening.
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Options at the Airport
If your container does not pass pre-board screening for carry-on baggage, you may:
- Leave the container with a friend or family member who is not travelling and still at the airport;
- Ask your airline representative to re-book you on a later flight, allowing you time to make other arrangements; or
- Ship the container via mail, cargo or courier. Please keep in mind that shipping options vary at airports.