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Cremation Urn Air Travel

Traveling With Special Items: Crematory Containers and Deceased Remains

When carrying a crematory container on your flights, you have two options:

  1. Carry-on: Passengers can include a crematory container as part of their carry-on luggage; however, it must go through the X-ray machine. If the container is made of a material that produces an opaque image, preventing security screeners from clearly seeing its contents, it cannot pass through the security checkpoint.

  2. Checked Baggage: Passengers can transport an urn or crematory container as checked baggage, provided it successfully passes screening. The TSA will screen the urn for explosive materials/devices using various techniques. If it clears this screening, it can be allowed as checked baggage.

Note: Some airlines may not permit cremated remains as checked baggage, so please consult your air carrier before attempting to transport a crematory container in checked baggage.

Additional information to consider:

Out of respect for the deceased and their family and friends, screeners will not open the container, even if requested by the passenger. Documentation from the funeral home alone is insufficient to carry a crematory container through security and onto a plane without screening.

Crematory Container Materials: Crematory containers are constructed from various materials with varying thicknesses. At present, TSA cannot guarantee that a specific crematory container can successfully pass through an X-ray machine. However, TSA recommends purchasing a temporary or permanent crematory container made of lighter-weight materials such as wood or plastic, which can be X-rayed successfully. TSA will continue to collaborate with funeral home associations to provide further guidance in the future.

Please also verify with your air carrier for any additional restrictions that may apply.

This information is sourced directly from the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) website. For more details, visit or or contact TSA at 866-289-9673.