Cremation Urns and Air travel

Cremation Urns and Air travel

May 06,2011

planeUpdated on 11/16/20

Traveling with an urn is a necessity for many of us. Traveling by plane can be stressful, fortunately, the process is made simple when you understand a few TSA 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 Scattering Tubes.

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 airlines 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.

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

5 Steps to Plan for When Traveling by Plane with Cremated Ashes:

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

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

3- Explain at the TSA Security Station 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 should be able to board with out any problems, secure in the knowledge that the urn is safe.

5- If it is out of country, check with customs before you travel but their polices are not much different than TSA's. Always make sure to research any country and their regulations in regards to traveling with cremains.

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

 

For more information call or log on to: TSA – Transportation Security Administration – TSA Travel Tips- 866-289-9673

Or check out our blog on Transporting Cremated Remains.

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Rick Fraser
UrnAdmin
Fri, 10/04/2013 - 08:29

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.

Anonymous
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:18

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

Mike Radomsky

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Rick Fraser
UrnAdmin
Tue, 05/21/2013 - 22:05

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.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

Anonymous
Mon, 08/19/2013 - 14:48

is an aluminum urn permitted to be carried on a plane?

Anonymous
Fri, 10/05/2018 - 03:41

Hello, plan to travel to Jerusalem from the US with ashes. I know about TSA Requirements. Can you give me the names & information of who I need to check with In Jerusalem to find out there regulations at the airport. Also who to contact for spreading ashes in Jerusalem.

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Rick Fraser
Wed, 06/26/2019 - 00:05

Hello Emily,

As long as the urn is not lined with anything and is lead free you will be fine. I would suggest calling the airline you plan on flying with first though to confirm what their specific requirements are when flying with cremated remains.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

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Rick Fraser
Mon, 10/08/2018 - 16:46

Hello Betty,

I would suggest contacting the American Embassy in Jerusalem. They should be able to give you more information on the regulations involved with transporting and spreading ashes in Jerusalem. Here is the contact info I was able to locate, hope this helps.

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
14 David Flusser
Jerusalem 9378322, Israel
Phone: 02-630-4000

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

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Rick Fraser
Fri, 09/29/2017 - 22:54

Hello Melinda,

Yes you can travel internationally with a cremation urn. Contact the airline in advance for their polices for cremation urn and air travel. Bring the death certificate and/or certificate of cremation for verification of the urn's contents. If you are planning to take the urn as a carry on, TSA has laws requiring the inspection of urns going through security. Do you have a permanent urn? If not, make sure the container is light weight and sealed tightly for safe travels.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

Anonymous
Mon, 09/19/2016 - 08:58

I was just wondering am I able to travel back home to Europe from the USA with my family members ashes if yes what documentation do I need ?

Anonymous
Mon, 07/11/2016 - 20:30

We have a Himalayan rock salt urn and are traveling to Hawaii to scatter our parents ashes. Is that type of urn TSA compliant and is there anything else I need to know about this process.

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Rick Fraser
Tue, 11/27/2018 - 20:18

Hello Jennifer,

No worries, you are safe to travel with your Biodegradable Salt Urn. As long as the urn is lead free there will be no issue with it passing through the TSA x-ray.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

Anonymous
Thu, 03/19/2015 - 18:30

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

Anonymous
Sat, 09/26/2015 - 18:13

I'd like to ask if a brass urn is TSA compliant?

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Rick Fraser
Mon, 09/28/2015 - 16:25

Hello Jo Ann,

Yes, all of our urns are lead free for TSA compliance. Wishing you safe travels.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

Anonymous
Mon, 08/12/2019 - 00:11

Hi I just bought 4 keepsake urns bronze and nickel from Amazon do you think I have any problem getting them through the x ray machine

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Rick Fraser
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:39

Hello Lorena,

Contact your airline prior to your travel dates regarding cremains and urn travel. Each airline has different rules and regulations. It is asked to travel with cremains in a light weight container sealed tightly. Make sure you have all paper work like the death certificate and/or certificate of cremation with you. All of our urns are TSA approved. Take a look at our marble urns for reference. For more information, visit our laws and legalities of cremation urns page.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

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Rick Fraser
Thu, 03/03/2016 - 19:53

Hi Antonio,

If you are referring to any of the urns online at IntheLightUrns.com, 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

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Rick Fraser
Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:34

Hello Rayshaun,
As long as the urn is not lined with lead and the x-ray is transparent you should be fine, but it would be best to check with the airline you choose to fly with to see what their exact specifications are. What airline do you plan on traveling with?

Anonymous
Tue, 11/27/2018 - 18:01

Hi, I tried to contact the TSA over this and got a generic response. The urn we are using is made of salt so that it can biodegrade in the ocean. Will this pass through TSA xray? Thank you for any advice.

Anonymous
Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:53

Is a marble urn able to be x-rayed? So it can be a carry on?

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Rick Fraser
Fri, 09/29/2017 - 22:43

Hello Bud,

I bet that urn is beautiful and perfect for a Hawaiian scattering. I would suggest keeping your loved one's ashes in a light weight sealed container separate from the urn you purchased. Contact your airline regarding their policies about traveling with a cremation urn. Make sure to bring the proper paper work with you. This includes a death certificate and/or a certificate of cremation. If the item contains lead, the x-ray will show up opaque and security may require further screening. Give yourself plenty of time at the airport just in case the security process is longer. For more information check out our FAQ page. Hawaii has no laws controlling where people scatter ashes. The Federal Clean Water Act requires cremation scattering at least three nautical miles from land. Hawaii allows scattering ashes beyond the reef line. Are you planning a large ceremony or a quiet one? If a large ceremony contact the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation at least 14 days in advance to obtain an ocean event permit. The permit is free.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

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Rick Fraser
Mon, 04/18/2016 - 15:23

Hi Rubini,

No worries, all of our urns are TSA approved. Wishing you safe travels.

Best Regards,
Susan Fraser

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Rick Fraser
Fri, 09/29/2017 - 18:58

Hello Marbel,

Each airline has different rules and regulations regarding cremation urn travel. In advance, contact the airline you are flying with to make sure there will be no issues once you arrive at the airport. Bring a copy of the death certificate or certificate of cremation for verification of the urn's contents. TSA recommends to use a light weight container that seals tightly. Marble, wood, glass and ceramic should all pass. If the urn is made of lead, TSA may require further inspection. All of our cremation urns are TSA approved.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

Anonymous
Sat, 04/16/2016 - 02:44

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.
Rubini

Anonymous
Sun, 03/05/2017 - 14:48

My father's ashes is enclosed in a wooden box with marbled designs. Can xray pass through marble?

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Rick Fraser
Wed, 08/14/2019 - 19:06

Hello Sandra,

You should be fine traveling with the urns as long as they are lead free and not lined with anything that will interfere with the X-Ray scan.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

Anonymous
Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:24

Is a fiberglass urn approved by tsa?

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Rick Fraser
Wed, 09/06/2017 - 20:59

Hello Shanti,

In regards to the transportation of urns, each airline has their own set of regulations. Contact your airline prior to travel dates to ask about their policies. TSA recommends to use a lightweight container and have it sealed tightly. For more details about TSA approved materials visit here for further information

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

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Rick Fraser
Wed, 09/13/2017 - 16:42

Hello LeAnn,

Contact the airline you will be using in regards to their rules and regulations on urn travel. Each airline is different. TSA recommends to use a light weight container that seals tightly and will not come open. All of our urns for ashes are TSA approved. For more information regarding airline rules please check out our FAQ page.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

Anonymous
Fri, 06/14/2019 - 20:18

I am going to travel with ashes in a sealed marble urn. Will thie airport scan be able to see clearly what is in the urn.

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 23:05

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Anonymous
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:01

Can I travel with a box made out of paper with the ashes in the plastic bag and it sealed. Is there any problem with TSA? Or can I just leave it in a marble urn carry-on with it or no. I'm coming from Philippines to Las Vegas. Please let me know tnx a lot I do have all the papers to travel with it.. Tnx

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Rick Fraser
Thu, 04/09/2015 - 22:35

Hi Patricia,

Here is further information on carrying cremated remains on a Jet Blue airliner. http://goo.gl/eDq9GF

Thank you for inquiring,
Susan Fraser

Anonymous
Thu, 04/09/2015 - 23:06

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

Anonymous
Sun, 05/05/2019 - 15:12

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Anonymous
Sun, 05/22/2016 - 00:33

Will a bronze urn pass through xray machine at airports

Anonymous
Thu, 03/03/2016 - 01:39

Will a silver urn pass tsa sreening?

Anonymous
Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:00

I purchased my urn through a funeral home it's ceramic with gold trim and gold decals will it pass the exray and can I take it as a carry-on

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Rick Fraser
Fri, 09/29/2017 - 22:21

Hello Rita,
Have you found a cremation urn yet? All of our cremation urns for ashes are TSA approved. First, contact the airline you are using because each one varies on policies regarding cremation urn and air travel. They suggest using a light weight sealed container for traveling. Bronze is on the approved list for air travel, however double check with your airline. Also, bring the proper paper work with you. This includes a death certificate or a certificate of cremation. Are you deciding to scatter your loved one's ashes? Each state has different rules and regulations for scattering ashes. Before traveling, research the areas that you wish to scatter so problems do not arise.

Sincerely,
Susan Fraser

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