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Transporting your loved ones to their resting place.

Updated: Jul 6

Traveling with a loved one or pet's remains or ashes is never easy, however, here are a few things you need to know.

  • First and foremost, a MUST, not all airlines accept people or pet remains, check with your airline.

  • Bring the death certificate and the Disposition Permit you received from the funeral home.

  • Review TSA requirements on the container for ashes allowed through security.

  • For travel outside the U.S., you should check with a local consulate or burial advisor before your flight.

  • Ashes can be placed in a checked bag, and make sure it is in a container that can be screened, i.e. X-rayed.

If you are going to ship remains for burial to another country, there are many laws with this process. Recommend you speak with the mortuary/funeral home on this topic. They are well versed on the steps needed to assist you with this sensitive process.

  • Advance reservations are required.

  • Funeral shipments must be packed in an acceptable casket and air tray or a combination unit.

  • All shipments must comply with all applicable local, state, federal, and international regulations. Documentation such as a certificate of death, burial permit, or burial removal permit must accompany funeral shipments, as required by applicable local, state, federal, or international laws.

  • Prior to travel date, airport agents can also check with TSA to determine if your container can pass through security or if it will need to be checked. Great resource!

You can carry on or place in your checked bag cremated remains. A death or cremation certificate is required. If you carry them on , they must pass through the TSA x-ray screening. If the container prevents TSA from being able to see what’s inside, it will not be allowed through the security checkpoint. TSA suggests you purchase a temporary or permanent crematory container of lighter material such as wood or plastic, which can easily be x-rayed. TSA is not allowed to open the container under any circumstance!!

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