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Carrying ashes on a British Airways flight

Carrying ashes on a British Airways flight

Travelling with ashes can be tricky it is best to get thing right from the start, so that you experience the minimum disruption.  So if you intending to take cremation ashes on an British Airways flight, this is what they say:

Can I take cremated remains or a full urn when I fly with British Airways? 

Cremated remains can be carried onto our flights in either your hand baggage or checked baggage.

In order to comply with regulations, you’ll need to carry with you a Certificate of Death (or other country-specific equivalent) issued by a competent authority from the country of departure. You’ll also need to ensure that the cremated remains are packed in a sealed outer box or case.

Please be aware that if you are carrying them in your hand baggage, full security procedures will still have to be be applied and the sealed box/urn will be x-rayed at the airport security point. Therefore, we need to advise you that if the urn is made of a material that prevents the x-ray screener from clearly being able to see what is inside, then the container will not be allowed through the security checkpoint. (It is not policy at airport security locations to open any urn, out of respect.)

5 thoughts on “Carrying ashes on a British Airways flight

  1. Reply
    Tracy Lavery - 5th March 2019

    Can I carry my dogs ashes. I want to take him home to Scotland to scatter them. I’m travelling from the USA. I have a cremation certificate

    1. Reply
      Ammon Enterprises Ltd - 6th March 2019

      Dear Tracy
      We would advise speaking with your airline to discuss how the ashes should be packaged and the paperwork you require. We wouldn’t expect you to encounter any problems.

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    Faye - 6th April 2017

    Thank you, Hannah! One very helpful lady at BA directed me to that very same page on their website with current information –
    I have an original death certificate, Certificate of Cremation, and (possibly unique to Arizona) a Disposition-Transit Permit from the Department of Health Services – Bureau of Vital Records. The Funeral Director was very helpful and checked that the urn encased in a sealed wooden box may be x-rayed. When I booked my return flight, I also asked that a note be placed on the passenger manifest as to what I am carrying. This was suggested to me by BA when I booked my flight out to Arizona to say final good-bye’s to my mother. BA have always been kind but it was an extra kind gesture that I did appreciate at an emotional time.
    Many thanks for your help!

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    Faye - 4th April 2017

    I’m going to be carrying my mother’s ashes from the USA to Scotland on a British Airways flight and I have the death certificate, a certificate of cremation and a Disposition-Transit Permit from the state health department. The lady I spoke to at BA is checking if I can carry the ashes with me but I’m looking for assurance that security at Heathrow or that someone in BA will not try to put the ashes in the luggage hold. This is one instance when I would like to be certain of what is allowed! The container can be x-rayed. Is BA still allowing passengers to carry ashes on board? The post above is over a year old. Many thanks for your help!

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      Hannah - 4th April 2017

      This is still correct, I have spoken with BA this morning and they have confirmed the following information on their website is still true:

      “Question
      Can I take cremated remains or a full urn when I fly with British Airways?
      Answer

      Cremated remains can be carried onto our flights in either your hand baggage or checked baggage.

      In order to comply with regulations, you’ll need to carry with you a Certificate of Death (or other country-specific equivalent) issued by a competent authority from the country of departure. You’ll also need to ensure that the cremated remains are packed in a sealed outer box or case.

      Please be aware that if you are carrying them in your hand baggage, full security procedures will still have to be be applied and the sealed box/urn will be x-rayed at the airport security point. Therefore, we need to advise you that if the urn is made of a material that prevents the x-ray screener from clearly being able to see what is inside, then the container will not be allowed through the security checkpoint. (It is not policy at airport security locations to open any urn, out of respect.)”

      https://www.britishairways.com/travel/gsanswer/public/en_gb?faqid=688&gsLink=searchResults

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