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Transportation Security Administration

Cremated Remains

Carry On Bags: 
Yes (Special Instructions)
Checked Bags: 
Yes

We understand how painful losing a loved one is and we treat crematory remains with respect. Some airlines do not allow cremated remains in checked bags, so please check with your airline to learn more about possible restrictions.

To facilitate screening, we suggest that you purchase a temporary or permanent crematory container made of a lighter weight material, such as wood or plastic. If the container is made of a material that generates an opaque image, TSA officers will not be able to clearly determine what is inside the container and the container will not be allowed. Out of respect for the deceased, TSA officers will not open a container, even if requested by the passenger.


 

The final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint.