Losing a loved one is painful enough without having to deal with the added stress of airline travel. It is a reality that you may have to face with so many families scattered throughout the country and beyond the continent. Other times, loved ones request to be scattered in a particular location of special significance that may be a far distance from where you live. Fortunately, the TSA is understands these matters and permits air travel with a cremation urn. There are a few guidelines that you need to know in advance that will make your experience that much smoother and less worrisome.
Travelers are permitted to bring a cremation urn as part of their carry-on luggage, but the container must be screened through X-ray security like the rest of their possessions. If the urns made of metal or another material that prevents the security team from clearly viewing its contents, then the urn will not be cleared through the security checkpoint. If this is the case, the TSA suggests purchasing a temporary crematory container made of a lighter weight material such as wood or plastic that can be successfully screened.
An urn may be checked with baggage as long as it is properly screened. The urn will be screened for explosive materials using a variety of standard, and respectful, techniques. Once cleared, the urn will be approved as checked baggage. Please note that some airlines do not allow cremated remains as checked baggage so make sure to check with your carrier before embarking on your air travel journey.
Additional Urn Travel Facts
• Out of respect to the deceased and their family and friends, under no circumstances will a screener open the container, even if the passenger requests this be done.
• Documentation from the funeral home is not sufficient to carry a crematory container through security and onto a plane without screening.
Please check with your air carrier about other restrictions that may apply.