Programs: BA Gold, VS Gold, FB S, ICH Plat, Club Carlson S, BMI S
Protocol for flying ashes ( human ashes ) transatlantic
strange question this but we are flying some ashes ABZ - LAS next week.
route is BMI ABZ to LHR then Delta for LHR-JFK-LAS with 5 day stopver in NYC.
Is it protocol to contact the airline if you plan to pack the item well in the hold luggage, I guess in my mind is what happens if I dont tell them, will they pull me up for having an urn in the luggage.
Interested, on off chance anyone has done this before
Also useful if anyone knows if we need to tell Nevada authorities if scattering at Zion site in Vegas,
Programs: DL GM, UA Silver, Marriott Plat, National Exec
Cremated remains can be accepted as either carry-on or checked baggage.
Remains must pass through the x-ray machine. If the container is metal and prevents the screener from clearly being able to see what’s inside, the container will not be allowed through the security checkpoint. TSA suggests the passenger 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 circumstances.
A passenger may transport cremated remains as checked baggage provided the remains successfully pass through security screening.
Normal bag fees apply.
Can't address transatlantic but I did carry my brothers ashes (surprisingly heavy for such a small box) on a Transcontinental (MCO/SFO) 7 years ago. The only issue I had was when a TSA agent asked what was in the box and I told them "my brothers ashes, do you want me to open it up so you can look" the agent stuttered and finally said "that will not be necessary, have a nice flight . My brother made his last flight under the seat in front of me in F/C ... just they way he would have wanted it.
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