Following are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about cremation.
Passengers can carry an urn or container as part of their carry-on luggage, but the container must go through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. (If the transportation security officer cannot clearly see what is inside, then the container won’t be allowed through the security checkpoint.)
The urn or container carrying the cremated remains is advised to be made of lighter weight materials so that it can be successfully X-rayed.
Documentation from the funeral home or crematory is not sufficient to carry an urn through security and onto a plane without being screened.
Passengers may transport the urn as checked baggage if it is successfully screened. Some airlines do not allow cremated remains as checked baggage, so passengers should check with their air carrier before attempting to transport a crematory container in checked baggage.
For more information about the TSA guidelines on transporting the deceased, visit: tsa.gov and type “cremated remains” in the “When I Fly, Can I Bring My…?” search box.
No. In fact many families opt to not do so.
No. You have the option of utilizing a “rental casket” from the Funeral Home if available.
Yes, however, sometimes embalming is required for a public viewing.