TSA Guidelines for Carrying Urns
Cremation Urn Air Travel
You have two options for carrying a crematory container with you on your flights:
1. Carry-on: You are allowed to carry-on a crematory container, but it must pass through the x-ray machine. If the container is made of a material that prevents the screener from clearly being able to see what is inside, then the container will not be allowed through the security checkpoint.
2. Checked Baggage: You may transport the urn as checked baggage provided that it is successfully screened. TSA will screen the urn for explosive materials/devices using a variety of techniques; if cleared, it will be permitted as checked baggage only.
NOTE: Some airlines do not allow cremated remains as checked baggage so please check with your air carrier before attempting to transport a crematory container in checked baggage.
Please note the following additional information:
– Out of respect for the deceased, the screener may not open the container under any circumstance.
– Crematory Container Materials: Crematory containers are made from many different types of materials, all with varying thickness. At present, TSA cannot state for certain whether your particular crematory container can successfully pass through an x-ray machine. However, TSA suggests that you purchase a temporary or permanent crematory container made of a lighter weight material such as wood or plastic that can be successfully x-rayed. The TSA will continue to work with funeral home associations to provide additional guidance in the future.
– Please check with your air carrier about other restrictions that may apply.
Published by the TSA – Transportation Security Administration – www.tsatraveltips.us – www.tsa.gov – 866-289-9673
The above cremation urn air travel material comes directly from the Transportation Security Administration website.