Don’t Check Human Remains (Ashes)
It’s as sensitive a subject as any in life, let alone in travel, but a recent story got me thinking I needed to set the record straight on how to travel with crematory remains. The most important piece of advice? Don’t check them in your bag. Instead, carry them on.
They’ll be subject to screening and must pass through the X-ray machine but “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.” However, if the officer cannot determine that the container does not contain a prohibited item, the remains will not be permitted.
Make sure you know the deal before you fly. Here’s more on the subject from the TSA.
FYI: The photo above comes from the post I wrote after my experience on a moving and powerful Delta flight that brought home a fallen soldier.
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