Can You Take Human Ashes on Air India?

While this guuide is primarily aimed at UK and Irish passengers flying outbound with human ashes, the same guidelines generally apply to all Air India flights, regardless of departure or arrival location.

We’ve asked Air India to clarify their rules and regulations when travelling with ashes on their flights. We hope this information provides peace of mind and alleviates anxiety over your upcoming trip.


Can You Take Ashes on an Air India Flight?

Yes, you can. Air India allows you to take human ashes on their planes, but there are certain conditions and paperwork that need to be met. Here’s what you need to know below.

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Basic Requirements

Carry-on or Hold Luggage: Air India permits the ashes in either your carry-on or hold luggage. Our recommendation is to go for the carry-on option as it’s safer and offers you peace of mind.

Mandatory Documents: You should have the following with you:

    • Cremation certificate
    • Death certificate


Air India Urn Material and Sealing Requirements for Ashes

When choosing an urn for your loved one’s ashes, consider the following:

  • Material: The urn should be made from x-ray friendly, non-metallic materials like glass, wood, or plastic.
  • Sealing: Make sure the lid is airtight.
  • Packaging: The urn should be well-cushioned to withstand turbulence and any shocks during the journey.


Air India Baggage Allowance Guidelines for Ashes

Carry-On Baggage

Size: The urn must fit within Air India’s standard cabin baggage dimensions of 55cm x 35cm x 20cm.
Weight: For economy passengers, the weight should be less than 8kg, and for business class, it’s 12kg.

Hold Baggage

Size: The urn should fit within Air India’s baggage size restriction, adhering to the two pieces of baggage allowance.
Weight: For economy class passengers, the weight limit is 23kg, and for business class, it’s 32kg.

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Where Can I Fly Carrying Ashes with Air India?

You can fly to any destination that Air India serves, provided you have the correct paperwork. Different countries have their own rules, so it’s crucial to do your research beforehand.


If you've discovered value in this guide, please think about sharing it with others who might also benefit from it. If you've had the experience of traveling with ashes on Air India, we would greatly appreciate it if you could leave a comment below, sharing the details of your experience. Your input is highly valuable to us. Our mission is to make the process of traveling with ashes less challenging for anyone flying with Air India.
How heavy is My URN?
If you're flying with Air India and need to transport ashes, it's crucial to consider the combined weight of both the ashes and the urn. Generally, ashes weigh between 1.8kg to 4kg, and the urn's weight can vary from 1kg to 3kg. This puts the total weight somewhere between 2.8kg and 7kg, with a likely average weight of about 4.9kg. As an alternative, a scatter tube is considerably lighter, weighing only 0.35kg, and might be a more convenient option.
What size is my URN?
As for the dimensions of the urn, they usually range from 10 to 12 inches in height (25 to 30 cm) and have a diameter of about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm). However, for the most accurate measurement, it's best to either take the dimensions yourself, consult the vendor's specifications, or get in touch with the crematorium if that's where the urn or container originated.
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