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Carrying ashes on a Delta Air Lines flight

Carrying ashes on a Delta Air Lines flight.

Travelling with ashes can be tricky, it is best to get thing right from the start, so that your journey is as stress free as possible.  So if you intending to take cremation ashes on a Delta Air Lines flight, this is what they say:

Cremated remains can be accepted as either carry-on or checked baggage on the Delta Airlines flights. However, passengers must have a death or cremation certificate.

Please find below the requirements to carry the cremation remains in the cabin and/or in the hold;

  • Cremated remains may be carried on board the aircraft or shipped as cargo.
  • The urn counts towards the carry on allowance.
  • Remains must pass through the x-ray machine.
  • If the container is metal and prevents the screener from clearly being able to see what is inside, the container will not be allowed through the security checkpoint.
  • TSA(Transportation Security Administration) 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 (Transportation Security Administration)is not allowed to open the container under any circumstances.
  • Cremated remains must be shipped in a crematory urn or funeral urn that is sufficiently protected against breakage.
  • A passenger may transport cremated remains as checked baggage provided the remains successfully pass through security screening..

Thank you Delta Air Lines for letting us know.

14 thoughts on “Carrying ashes on a Delta Air Lines flight

  1. Reply
    Lisa Elkins - 10th September 2022

    I am flying out on Tuesday morning and my plane leaves at 5am on delta so can I bring my sister ashes and urns with me? She’s still in the box she came in and I have 8 empty urns to bring with me?

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 13th September 2022

      Hi Lisa
      This is our main advise page for travelling with ashes –
      Kind regards

  2. Reply
    Lisa - 24th May 2022

    I have my mothers ashes they were put in a thick lined plastic bag with the burn tag secured with plastic zip tie and was put in box with date of born and date of death is this box okay to have screened by security

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 25th May 2022

      Yes I would think that would work Lisa, but that is just our opinion.

  3. Reply
    Lisa del Amo - 7th August 2019

    Hi my name is Lisa, can I travel with my dogs ashes on delta airlines
    Thank you

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 12th August 2019

      I can’t see animal cremated remains on the list of their banned products, so I can’t why not. However you may wish to contact the airline for such matters..

  4. Reply
    Birdie - 5th July 2019

    Flying on Delta in the USA domestic flight. Can I carry cremated remains in the cardboard box they came in (it has name labeling on the box) – along with a death certificate – in carry-on luggage? Thanks, Birdie

    1. Reply
      Ammon Enterprises Ltd - 11th July 2019

      Hi Birdie
      I would think this should be fine as long as the urn is sufficiently protected against breakage and has no metal parts, allowing it to be scanned by the x-ray machine. If you are concerned I would advise speaking with Delta directly.
      Bets wishes

    2. Reply
      mary evans - 8th September 2019

      is it ok to leave in cardboard box they came in markd and identifies? domestic flight?

      1. Reply
        Richard Martin - 9th September 2019

        Personally I wouldn’t, as I don’t think it complies, but it is up to you.
        Kind regards

  5. Reply
    Elvira S Carig - 10th January 2019

    Hello! I’ll bring the ashes of my husband to the Phils on May, my question is, beside informing the airlines about carrying the urn of my loved one and passing through the TSA, are there still some things to be done like going thru the customs?

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 14th January 2019

      Hi Elvira
      Is the Phils the Philippines or Philadelphia, sorry I have not come across this expression before.
      Kind regards

  6. Reply
    Gladys Coles - 10th November 2018

    Hi my name is Gladys Coles can I carry my daughter ashes on delta airline plane her ashes are in a ceramic container

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 12th November 2018

      Dear Gladys
      Urns made of non-lead lined ceramic are generally allowed. We would still recommend checking with the Airport as it is the xray machine it will be passing through.

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