Cremation Urns and Air travel

Traveling with an urn is a fateful necessity for many of us. Fortunately the process is made simple when you understand a few TSA (Transportation Security Administration) guidelines.

Homeland security requires that all carry-on items go through an x-ray device.

There are many x-ray compatible urns, like the Eco Pod Collection, Palm Frond Basket Urns, or the Simply in Memoriam Collection. If you prefer a heavier, thicker urn, like brass or marble, it may be best to purchase a temporary container to carry-on the cremains, and pack the permanent piece with checked baggage.

It’s important to contact your chosen airline in advance of travel for their specifications.
Some airline simply don’t allow cremated remains as checked baggage, and one quick call can assure your trip is hassle free. In general, any urn that creates an opaque image on an x-ray machine will be denied as a carry-on item. In respect to the deceased, under no circumstances will a screener open the container at any time, even if the passenger requests it. Not even documents from the funeral home will help if the urn can’t be x-rayed. Urns for ashes made of wood, glass, plastic, and non-lead lined ceramics are generally allowed. If the airline does not allow the urn as checked baggage and it does not pass the x-ray, the urn will be denied air travel.

Your urn as checked baggage
Another option is to plan in advance and pack the urn with checked-baggage (if your airline allows this). Most urns can be sealed permanently or temporarily. Making sure it’s sealed well is vital to avoiding unpleasant repercussions. Without being opened, the container will undergo various tests for explosive devices and, if cleared, will be permitted as checked baggage.
For more information call or log on to: TSA – Transportation Security Administration – TSA Travel Tips- 866-289-9673


  1. By Mike Radomsky on

    Can I travel with an run which contains only human remains.
    If so, what documentation do I need?

    Mike Radomsky

  2. By admin on

    Hi Mike,

    Take the permit form that the crematorium gave you with you when you travel. All containers are TSA approved unless it is made of lead. We don’t sell any urns made of lead, so all our urns can be scanned. They will not open the urn at the airport. Carry oit on the plane, do not pack with luggage in case the luggage gets lost.

    Susan Fraser

  3. By admin on

    Hello Randi

    To answer your question yes In The Light Urns Aluminum Cremation Urns will pass through TSA security at Airports in the United States.

    Paper work from the crematorium or Funeral Director may be necessary.

    As it stand at the time of this post the Transportation Security Administration and Airline procedure for Cremation Urns is:

    1- Before you make your reservation check to see what the Airline(s) rules and regulations are for traveling with your loved ones cremains in an cremation urn. Some Airlines want you to check the Urn while other will except it as a carry on.

    2- Inform the Airline at check in that you have the cremation urn with cremains so that they can explain any necessary boarding policies.

    3- At the TSA Security Station explain what you have and they will treat you and your loved ones remains with the utmost respect. But be aware that they have a job to do.

    They will not ever open the Cremation Urn. They will X-ray the urn, aluminum or otherwise , as well as other TSA procedures for them to be confident to move you and your loved one through this check point.

    4- From there you will be able to board with out any problems.

    5- If it is out of country there maybe another step that is Customs. Check with customs before you travel but their polices are not much different than TSA’s.

    Again paper work from the Crematorium or Funeral Director may be necessary.

  4. By Patricia Sumner on

    How do I carry the cremains in a biodegradable container on an airplane? Jetblue is the carrier.

  5. By Jewaun victor on

    I am interested in the nursery block pewter urn for my son. I am a military member and will inevitably be traveling with him. Is this urn lead lined and is the pewter able to pass through xray with no issue?

    Thank you

  6. By on

    Hi Antonio,

    If you are referring to any of the urns online at, all of our brass urns (assuming you are talking about one of our silver brass urns) are TSA approved.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Best Regards,
    Susan Fraser

  7. By Rubini on

    Hello Susan,

    I purchased the In Loving Memory Poem Cross Walnut Urn today, but I totally forgot to ask if it’s TSA x-Ray compatible. I will be traveling with cremains in it as a carry on baggage. I expect to have it by April 20. Please advise.

    Thank you so much.

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