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Irish fatherís ashes lost by Aer Lingus after trip from Australia

Irish fatherís ashes lost by Aer Lingus after trip from Australia

Old Aug 6, 19, 5:43 am
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Irish fatherís ashes lost by Aer Lingus after trip from Australia

Irish fatherís ashes lost by Aer Lingus after trip from Australia

An Irish emigrant who has travelled home from Australia to scatter the ashes of his father and mother was in limbo on Tuesday after Aer Linguslost his bags and Ė with them Ė the remains of his parents.

www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/irish-father-s-ashes-lost-by-aer-lingus-after-trip-from-australia-1.3978438?mode=amp




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Old Aug 6, 19, 11:38 am
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Why would they put the ashes in checked luggage?
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Old Aug 6, 19, 12:13 pm
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That was my reaction also without being harsh. I have actually had to carry a family members ashes some years ago and it went in hand luggage and no issues at all . I am not sure if the procedure has changed since then though.
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Old Aug 6, 19, 12:20 pm
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Hand carry is permitted provided the urn is x-ray able. Documentation also required, but something so valuable I would never consider checking in.
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Old Aug 6, 19, 12:28 pm
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Hand carry is permitted provided the urn is x-ray able. Documentation also required, but something so valuable I would never consider checking in.
The same rules apply for checked luggage. A metal urn in checked luggage will cause the same x-ray issues as a metal urn in hand luggage.
All the passengers needed to do was to google "ashes Are Lingus" or something similar, and they would have known about the option to carry the ashes in the hand luggage.
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Old Aug 7, 19, 2:40 am
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According to the article, it's not only the father's ashes that were lost, but also the mother's.
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Old Aug 7, 19, 2:46 am
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According to the news the ashes were returned just three hours before the planned service so thankfully good news..can't imagine the heartache this would have caused.

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-...home-1.3978438
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Old Aug 14, 19, 10:29 am
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Their track record is appalling.

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Missing bags, any helpful contacts?
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Old Aug 14, 19, 11:31 am
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Sorry, but this is on the passenger. Something that is irreplaceable should not have been checked in. The percentage of bags delayed or even eventually lost is infintesimal as a percentage of total traffic, but it happens.
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