Can You Take Human Ashes on Austrian Airlines?

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

Travelling with human ashes can be a delicate subject, filled with uncertainty and emotions. Austrian Airlines each have their own policies and protocols for carrying human remains, so it’s important to know what you can and can’t do before you get to the airport. For further details on Austrian Airlines’ policy regarding the transportation of ashes, continue reading.

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Austrian Airlines Ashes Policy and Requirements

The customer service representative we spoke to was kind and professional, understanding the sensitivity of the topic. We were told that yes, you can travel with human ashes on Austrian Airlines, but there are a few key points to remember:

  • Documentation: A death certificate and a cremation certificate are required.
  • Packaging: The ashes must be securely sealed in a leak-proof, screw-top container made of non-metal material.
  • Customs: You must notify the customs authorities both at the departure and arrival destinations. Although, based on our experience with other airlines, notifying customs isn’t usually necessary as long as you have the required documentation mentioned above, you will be fine.


Extra Steps: Precautions and Permissions

We also learned that while these are the basic requirements, some additional steps can smooth the process:

Advance Notice: Informing the airline in advance is not mandatory, but it can help.
Security Checks: Expect the container to go through security screening, so pack accordingly.
Cabin or Hold: You can either take the ashes as part of your carry-on or place them in the hold, but each has its own set of rules.


Cabin and Hold Guidelines for Ashes on Austrian Airlines

Passengers can bring one carry-on bag in Economy and Premium Economy, and two in Business Class. All carry-ons must fit within 55cm x 40cm x 23cm and weigh no more than 8kg. They should fit in the overhead bin or under the seat. Excess size or weight will incur fees and be checked into the hold. An additional personal item, not exceeding 40cm x 30cm x 10cm, is also allowed.

Consider these factors when flying with Austrian Airlines and ashes, especially if you’ll also be carrying additional items.

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Our Tips for Transporting Ashes on Austrian Airlines

Based on our call, here are some recommendations:


  • Call Ahead: Even though it’s not obligatory, giving the airline a heads up can only help.
  • Documentation: Keep multiple copies of all necessary papers and perhaps even digital copies.
  • Pack Carefully: Ensure that the container meets airline and security requirements to avoid any delays or problems.


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How heavy is My URN?
If you're traveling with Austrian Airlines and need to transport ashes, consider the total weight of the ashes along with the urn. Ashes usually range in weight from 1.8kg to 4kg, and the urn adds another 1kg to 3kg. Therefore, the combined weight could be as low as 2.8kg or as high as 7kg, with the average around 4.9kg. If weight is a concern, a scatter tube is a lighter option, weighing just 0.35kg.
What size is my URN?
In terms of the dimensions of the urn, they typically range from 10 to 12 inches in height (or 25 to 30 cm) and have a diameter between 6 and 8 inches (or 15 to 20 cm). For precise measurements, it's best to measure the urn yourself, consult the specs from the seller, or ask the crematorium if that's where the urn was sourced.
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