Can You Take Human Ashes on Finnair? A Comprehensive Guide Based on Our Experience

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

Travelling with a loved one’s ashes can be a sensitive topic. We have managed to gather essential information to assist those who find themselves in this unique situation. Here’s what we discovered when flying with Human Ashes on Finnair.


Finnair Ashes Policy

Finnair allows passengers to travel with cremated human remains, and you have two main options:

Carry-on Baggage: You may store the urn or sealed container in your carry-on bag (max weight 12kg). See below for our recommendations on why this option is advised.
Checked Baggage: Alternatively, you may place it in your checked luggage.

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Why Carry-On Baggage is Recommended for Ashes on Finnair

While both carry-on and checked luggage are options, we strongly recommend opting for carry-on baggage for transporting ashes. In fact, 95% of airlines only permit ashes in the cabin for several important reasons:

  • The ashes are irreplaceable and hold significant emotional value.
  • The risk of damage is considerably higher with checked luggage.
  • The desire to keep your loved one close to you throughout the journey is a compelling reason to choose carry-on baggage.
  • We have compelling evidence to suggest that in the near future, the airline will exclusively permit the transportation of ashes via carry-on baggage.


Mandatory Documents for Transporting Ashes on Finnair

Carrying a cremation and death certificate is non-negotiable when travelling with human ashes. This document serves as official proof and is a regulatory requirement.


Security Procedures: What to Expect

Security measures don’t make an exception for cremated remains. Be prepared for the following:

Security Screening: The sealed box or urn containing the ashes will undergo x-ray scanning at the airport security checkpoint.

Material Matters: If the urn is made of a material that prevents the x-ray screener from viewing its contents, the container will not be allowed through security.

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Our Recommendations

  • Choose an X-ray Friendly Urn: To ensure a smoother experience at the security check, consider an urn made of materials that are easily x-rayed, like wood or certain types of plastic.
  • Keep the Documents Handy: Always keep the cremation and death certificate within easy reach for quick presentation when asked.
  • Double-check with Customer Service: Although we’ve spoken with Finnair ourselves, regulations can change. A quick confirmation call close to your travel date is always wise.


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How heavy is My URN?
When taking a flight with Finnair and carrying ashes, you should pay close attention to the total weight of both the ashes and the urn. Ashes commonly weigh between 1.8kg and 4kg, and urns usually tip the scales at somewhere between 1kg and 3kg. The cumulative weight could be as low as 2.8kg or go up to 7kg, with an estimated average weight of 4.9kg. Alternatively, you may consider using a scatter tube, which weighs a minimal 0.35kg, as a more convenient option.
What size is my URN?
In terms of the urn's dimensions, they are generally within the range of 10 to 12 inches in height (or 25 to 30 cm) and have a diameter of about 6 to 8 inches (or 15 to 20 cm). To ensure the most accurate size, it's wise to either personally measure the urn, review the details provided at the point of purchase, or consult with the crematorium if the urn or container was sourced from there.
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