The guide also provides comprehensive information on other transportation options, including information on shipping cremated ashes domestically and internationally. Knowing what to expect can make the ordeal a little less stressful mentally and emotionally for individuals and families. Wondering if you can safely get ash on a plane? In a difficult time of loss, trying to understand all the rules and regulations surrounding theft with cremated remains is another stress added to your life. You may want to avoid the problem altogether by shipping the funeral urn instead. In the United States, the U.S. Postal Service is the only legal way to send cremated ashes domestically or abroad. Learn more about the safe shipment of cremated remains. Of course, you may have chosen a beautiful urn made of metal or glass or ceramic, which, although it can pass through an X-ray machine, could be damaged during your travels. Instead of risking carrying this funeral urn through security or in your checked baggage, you can use a temporary urn or travel urn instead. Many funeral homes provide a simple cardboard box to temporarily transport the remains, or you can purchase inexpensive temporary funeral urn packaging. Many travel urns include an optional engraved identification tag in case the urn is misplaced.
Each country has its own laws on travel with cremated remains and whether or not a funeral director or cemetery should be involved. Ask the funeral home you`ve worked with if they have experience transporting leftovers from the United States or if they can refer you to someone who does. In addition, you should call the embassy of the country you are traveling to for specific legal requirements for transporting human remains. You may need to fill out special forms or get additional authorization for your trip, so allow at least two weeks for documents and permits. Some things are necessary if you are traveling by plane to transport cremated remains. If you travel within the country, you can actually take the cremated remains with you. You can take it on board as one of your hand baggage in your hand baggage or check it as checked baggage. What would be required to do this through the TSA is the actual cremation permit that accompanies the cremated remains when you receive them, and I would also have a certified copy of the death certificate with me as an extra precaution in determining who that person is. The other thing is that you want to make sure that the cremated remains are in a container that is X-ray compatible.
When traveling abroad, there are so many differences in the type of requirements needed. Ask your local funeral director and/or secretary of state about your relationship to travel to this country. I would determine the requirements for transporting the ashes to their destination. Some airlines require a cremation certificate to properly identify the remains. Not all, but having the cremation certificate and a copy of the death certificate can help speed up the process. To prevent this from happening to others, we would like to explain what happened and provide some tips on how to travel with Cremains. Each airline has a specific policy for travel with cremated remains. Here are several airlines and their respective policies regarding travel with leftovers: American Airlines American Airlines does not require any special documents and the cremated ashes of a human or pet are treated as a passenger`s carry-on baggage.
1-800-433-7300 If the screening officer cannot determine what is in the container, he or she may take other actions, such as asking the passenger to remove the cremated ashes from the urn and send the urn and ashes separately through the X-ray machines. At no time do TSA agents tamper with or open a container of cremated ash – even if the passenger is asked to do so. It is illegal for airport staff to open containers containing cremated ash. If you are travelling with the cremated remains on a domestic flight, three things are required. Cremated remains must be prosecuted and cannot be controlled. Cremated remains must be in a container that can be x-rayed. Finally, the cremated body must be accompanied by the cremation certificate (official document issued by the crematorium). If you are travelling with cremated remains on an international flight, different rules apply and you must contact the consulate and/or embassy of that country.
We understand how painful it is to lose a loved one and treat the remains of the crematorium with respect. Some airlines do not allow cremated remains in checked baggage, so please check with your airline for possible restrictions. To avoid the hassle of losing your cremated remains or not being able to travel with them at all, you should choose to ship your funeral urn instead. If you or someone you know plans to travel with cremated remains, read on to find out how to make sure your loved one`s remains are treated with respect and properly handled by airport security. Shipping cremated ash can cause stress when separated from the ashes, and there are some ways to help relieve stress. Families can choose to keep a souvenir of the deceased with them – a favorite sweatshirt they always wore or a cap they were never without it. Commemorative coins or photoengraved jewellery can be engraved with the effigy of their loved one and represent a visual reminder of the deceased. This strengthens the connection, while there is a temporary separation of the ashes during transport. The TSA allows funeral urns to be reviewed or continued if you use a TSA-approved urn. There is no hard and fast rule that says you have to take the urn with you if you are traveling with cremated remains.
However, the TSA recommends placing cremated remains in carry-on baggage to protect the contents. Keep in mind that there is also a risk of your luggage being lost or damaged during your trip. If you keep the urn in your carry-on luggage, you will have to worry about one less thing. According to the guidelines of most airlines, cremated remains can be inspected or transported. However, as with all checked or carry-on baggage, a specific protocol must be followed. Passengers are allowed to travel with checked baggage, but it is recommended to do so in carry-on baggage to protect the contents from the risks associated with checked baggage. Checked baggage is subject to rapid and sometimes abrupt movements along a series of conveyor belts to and from the aircraft. A little-known fact is that checked baggage is only in TSA possession for a fraction of its journey to the plane. For complete instructions on packaging and shipping cremated remains, see U.S. Postal Service Publication 139.