With cremation becoming such a popular choice, the transportation of ashes has become a very common thing.
There are many reasons why people need to transport ashes in different places.
The ashes may need to be sent to family members, or they may need to be buried in the place of birth of the deceased.
You may need to take them on a plane, mail them, or even drive with them across state boundaries.
After 9/11, airlines have become extremely strict with aviation safety, which is understandable.
It is important for you to understand the specific details of transporting ashes to avoid delays.
If in doubt, be sure to ask the funeral director or crematorium staff who handles the cremation process.
Ashes on domestic flights
Most airlines allow you to carry your ashes as carry-on or checked baggage.
Therefore, it is important to understand the correct guidelines and preparations in advance, such as how to contain ashes.
Carrying the urn on the plane
The urn is often the most commonly used container for ashes, but not all containers meet airline standards.
Many are difficult to perform X-ray inspections because they produce opaque images and airline personnel cannot be sure of the contents.
Airport staff opened the gray box to determine that the contents were against TSA policy and illegal, so if X-ray inspection is not possible, they are not allowed to take the aircraft.