Carrying ashes on a Air New Zealand flight
Travelling with ashes can be tricky it is best to get thing right from the start, so that you experience the minimum disruption. If you intending to take cremation ashes on an Air New Zealand flight, this is what they say:
Air New Zealand does not have an actual policy as such in regards to the carriage of cremated human remains/ashes.
Our advice is that we do not stop our passengers from carrying urns with the cremated ashes of their loved ones. However, we do advise that the choice to carry such an item is at their discretion. We ask that such items be carried discreetly out of respect of our other passengers and we suggest that this is carried as cabin baggage to ensure safe handling. We recommend that the urn is wrapped or boxed accordingly so that the contents do not escape during the journey. It is highly recommended that if the human remains had been cremated, that the appropriate documentation is also on hand as Customs and Border Security may wish to view this document. We suggest that such an item is not carried in their checked baggage, as we cannot guarantee safe handling. Regrettably, checked baggage can get damaged, delayed or even lost during the travel process.
Thank you Air New Zealand for letting us know.
We would also advise that you speak to the embassy for the country of where you are travelling to, to see if there is likely to be any complications at that end.
Also make such you use a non-metallic urn that can be scanned by customs.
Advice correct as of January 2016