Can You Take Human Ashes on Cathay Pacific?

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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 Cathay Pacific flights, regardless of departure or arrival location.
After an emotional experience of losing a loved one, you may be considering taking their ashes abroad. Perhaps you're travelling to scatter them in a place that was special to them or even just moving overseas and don't want to leave their memory behind. Travelling with ashes brings up several logistical questions, and we recently found ourselves reaching out to Cathay Pacific for answers. Here's what we discovered.

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Cathay Pacific, Ashes and the Essentials

The agent confirmed that it is indeed possible to bring human ashes on a Cathay Pacific flight but there are some crucial requirements.
  • Death Certificate: You absolutely must have a copy of the deceased's death certificate.
  • Cremation Certificate: A cremation certificate is mandatory as well, attesting that the ashes are what you claim them to be. The agent warned that airport security is likely to ask for the death and cremation certificates. Therefore, it's essential to keep these documents easily accessible.

Luggage Guidelines for Ashes on Cathay Pacific

Carry-On Luggage

You can bring the ashes as part of your carry-on luggage, but they must adhere to the maximum dimensions and weight limitations for your respective class.
  • Economy Class: 22in x 14in x 9in, Weight limit: 15 lb/7 kg
  • Business Class: 22in x 14in x 9in, Weight limit: 22 lb/10 kg
  • First Class: 22in x 14in x 9in, Weight limit: 33 lb/15 kg

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Type of Container

Cathay Pacific recommends using a scatter tube but also mentioned that a non-metal urn is acceptable. The importance of a non-metal urn is that it will be easier to pass through security scanners. If you have more questions or need additional clarifications, don't hesitate to get in touch with Cathay Pacific directly. Safe travels.


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How heavy is My URN?
When traveling via Cathay Pacific with ashes, it's crucial to take into account the total weight of the urn and ashes. Generally, ashes can weigh from 1.8kg to 4kg, and urns vary in weight from 1kg to 3kg. The overall weight could thus be as minimal as 2.8kg or go up to 7kg, averaging around 4.9kg. Alternatively, a scatter tube is a lightweight option at just 0.35kg and might be worth considering.
What size is my URN?
In terms of the urn's size, it typically stands between 10 and 12 inches high (25 to 30 cm) and has a diameter ranging from 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm). For the most precise dimensions, it's advisable to either measure the urn yourself, review the specifications provided at the point of purchase, or consult directly with the crematorium if you got the urn or container there.
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