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Transporting Cremated Remains

Posted by Sharon Cornwall on Friday, September 11, 2020 Under: Cremated Remains Courier
It is not at all uncommon that cremated remains need to be transported across the country. Transporting ashes is not a difficult process but there are some things that you will arrange for ahead of time in order to ensure the process goes smoothly.



Air Travel

You should always check with your airline to verify specific policies for transporting cremated remains. Policies on transporting ashes do vary by carrier and they can change from time-to-time. As a general rule you can either ship the remains as cargo or carry them on the plane with you. Some carriers will require advance notice to accept remains as cargo and documentation such as the death certificate may be required. Depending on whether you are travelling domestically or abroad, you may need export paperwork from your embassy. It is important that you check ahead of time, particularly if you are transporting ashes overseas. Your funeral home or crematory can provide you with paperwork such as an Affidavit of Non-contraband that may be required. All of your documentation should be kept with the container of cremated remains.

The Container or Urn

In 2004 the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) implemented special procedures for transporting cremated remains. The TSA has very specific requirements for the type of containers that can be used for transporting ashes.  TSA agents are not permitted to open urns and containers to verify they contain cremated remains. That means it is critical that the container must be capable of being X-rayed. 

If carrying on the crematory remains, they are subject to screening and must pass through the X-ray machine. If the X-ray Operator cannot clear the remains, TSA may apply other, non-intrusive means of resolving the alarm. Under no circumstances will an officer open the container, even if the passenger requests this be done. If the officer cannot determine that the container does not contain a prohibited item, the remains will not be permitted and you could be denied boarding.

If you plan to use a permanent urn for the remains once you reach your final destination, check with your funeral home to see if they can provide you with a temporary urn that can be used for air travel. There are also special urns for sale that meet TSA requirements so that they can pass through security.

Shipping domestically

Spartan Motorcycle Couriers requires that your package have padding and both an inner and outer container. The inner container must be sift proof. The outer container must also be sift proof. You should use ample padding so that there is no movement between the inner and outer container. Both the sender name and address and the addressee’s name and address should be included inside the box in case the outer shipping label becomes damaged in transit.

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