TSA Approved Cremation Urns: Eco-Friendly Flying Home

Experiencing the loss of a loved one is an emotionally challenging journey, and when travel becomes part of the equation, complex logistics can increase the burden. Green Farewells aims to provide insights and practical advice for those considering taking ashes or cremation remains on a plane, addressing key restrictions and facilitating a smoother experience during this delicate time.

TSA Regulations and Practical Tips:

Yes, bringing ashes on a plane is allowed, but it’s essential to use a container that can pass through the x-ray machine at the TSA checkpoint. While many airlines recommend carrying ashes as a carry-on to minimize the risk of damage, policies may vary. TSA permits cremated remains through security, but certain materials like lead-based ceramic or metal may pose challenges. Funeral homes offer TSA-compliant containers made of lighter materials, such as non-lead lined ceramic, wood, or cardboard, ensuring seamless x-ray scans. Travelers are advised to allocate extra time during security checks, considering that powdery substances may trigger closer inspections.

Essential Documents and On-Plane Protocols:

Having crucial documents, including a death certificate, can significantly ease travel. Some airlines may request additional documentation from the funeral director or crematorium. Although TSA agents are prohibited from opening containers, gathering necessary paperwork is advisable for potential inquiries. On the plane, securely store the remains in an overhead bin or under the seat, adhering to airline carry-on requirements.

Checked Baggage Considerations:

While checking cremated remains in baggage is discouraged, it’s feasible with careful packing to prevent breakage or spillage. Placing a copy of the death certificate near the container provides instant context in case a TSA inspection is necessary. International travel with cremated remains may necessitate extra documentation, and consulting with a funeral director is recommended for guidance on specific situations.

Airline Policies and Specialized Departments:

Each airline has its policies regarding cremated remains, so it’s crucial to inquire about death certificates, cremation certificates, and whether the container counts as a carry-on or is allowed in checked baggage. Some airlines, like American Airlines, treat cremated remains as carry-on, while others, like Southwest Airlines, do not accept them as checked baggage. Specialized airline departments, such as American Airlines’ TLC, exist to assist with transportation arrangements related to the loss of a loved one.

Shipping as an Alternative:

For those finding flying with cremated remains challenging, check out our blog for shipping via Priority Mail Express or Priority Mail Express International is a viable alternative. Compliance with USPS rules and country-specific regulations is essential when shipping internationally.

Local Considerations for Las Vegas Residents:

Residents of Las Vegas,at Green Farewells, water cremation is our common practice and return more of your loved one. We keep families informed about Federal regulations and airline policies to ensure our guests have an elegant journey home with their families.

While traveling with cremated remains presents its challenges, understanding TSA regulations, adhering to airline policies, having proper documentation, and selecting the right container can significantly ease the process. Green Farewells is committed to being a comprehensive resource for all families navigating the complex emotions and practicalities of flying with the remains of their loved ones.