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Carrying ashes on a Ryanair flight

Carrying ashes on a Ryanair 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 a Ryanair flight, this is what they say:

The ashes must be carried in a container with a screw-top lid, however after calling Ryan Air they have confirmed that as long as the container is sealed and that you have the correct documentation a scatter tube, well packed, is suitable for travelling with ashes.

12 thoughts on “Carrying ashes on a Ryanair flight

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    Dianne Waring - 25th September 2019

    Travelling with my husbands ashes (in a sealed scatter tube) next month with Ryan Air to Alicante do you know of any thing else we will need apart from letter from funeral directors (cremation certificate) and death certificate. Thanks for your help.

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      Richard Martin - 27th September 2019

      That should be absolutely fine Dianne.

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    Lisa - 19th September 2019

    What is meant by’well packed’? I want to take my father’s ashes to Ireland to scatter and intend to use a scatter tube.

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      Richard Martin - 25th September 2019

      Scatter tube is fine. Basically – if the container collided with something in the overhead locker would the contents spill?

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    Michelle - 15th August 2019

    Hi, I was hoping to take a small amount of a loved ones ashes from Glasgow to Alicante, do I need certain documentation? thanks

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      Hannah - 16th August 2019

      Hi Michelle
      We would advise checking with Ryanair directly. Though in the past we have found taking a copy of the cremation certificate and death certificate tends to be enough.

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    Lorraine - 14th January 2019

    Can a sealed wooden urn be taken on a Ryanair flight to Northern Ireland with the correct documents ?

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      Richard Martin - 15th January 2019

      Dear Lorraine
      We are of the opinion that it would be acceptable and we think it be acceptable, however we are not Ryan Air and thus can’t give 100% guarantee. I would say that if the urn is secured, have you got anyway of open the urn if there is an issue?

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    GSanders - 15th November 2018

    Thank you for the webpage and advice, first time for us. Did not know what a scatter tube was and seems Ryanair staff do not know either.
    Your page was helpful as we plan to fly to transfer ashes. Bought a scatter tube. Just to be sure it is OK to fly with it contacted Ryanair today using Ryanair online chat and was given the response of a copy of Ryanair terms which states a container must be, ‘screw top’.
    Pointed out a scatter tube is not a screw top the response was, ”so.” The conversation ended both confused.
    Second try – contacted RyanAir Twitter help who too replied with the Ryanair terms which says container must be, ‘screw top’. They could not answer if a scatter tube is OK for flight.
    Third try – Telephone Ryanair 13p a min and had to explain what a scatter tube is (none screw top) and the call handler said it would be OK as long as it is securely packaged. You knew…thanks.

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      Richard Martin - 16th November 2018

      Oh that is good. Yes unfortunately many call centres draw a blank when asked the question – I am glad you finally got the confirmation.
      Kind regards

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    Angela Drugan - 11th August 2017

    My husband died on the 2nd July this year, but we haven’t had cause of death yet, he was cremated on the 17th July. However we would like to take his ashes to Ireland in Sept 2017, and we have interim death certs, can we travel with the ashes hand luggage. Thank you. A D.

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      Ammon Enterprises Ltd - 14th August 2017

      Hi Angela
      I am sorry to hear this. We would advise always speaking to the airline before travelling. You can contact Ryanair directly by calling 0871 246 0000.
      Best wishes

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