Can You Take Human Ashes on a Jet2 Plane?

While this guuide is primarily aimed at UK and Irish passengers flying outbound with human ashes, the same guidelines generally apply to all Jet2 flights, regardless of departure or arrival location.

Understanding Jet2 Ashes Policy

We recently found ourselves navigating the delicate issue of how to travel with human ashes on Jet2. Since the topic is one that many may face but don’t talk about often, we decided to get the firsthand scoop directly from Jet2.


What Jet2 Says About Travelling with Ashes

After contacting Jet2 both via phone and email support, we’ve clarified all the rules and regulations you should be aware of when planning to travel with ashes.


Importance of Pre-travel Notifications for Ashes on Jet2

Jet2 mandates that passengers inform the airline if they’re travelling with ashes before even setting foot in the airport. Failing to do so could result in the ashes not being permitted on the plane. Jet2 can be contacted via phone, email support, or WhatsApp.

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Jet2’s Hand Luggage Policy for Carrying Ashes

Jet2 only allows ashes to be carried as part of your hand luggage. It’s a good idea to keep your loved one’s ashes close to you during the journey, both for emotional reasons and to ensure their safety.


Jet2-Approved Containers for Human Ashes

The ashes should be in a sealed, airtight container. Jet2 allows various options including urns, scatter tubes, or plastic screw-top containers. Just make sure the container is security-friendly, which means it should be non-metallic and scan-friendly for X-ray machines.


Essential Documents for Flying with Ashes on Jet2

You are required to have copies of both the death certificate and the cremation certificate with you at all times. No exceptions will be made.

Note: Even if you’re carrying a smaller amount of ashes, the same rules apply.


Specific Urn Restrictions by Jet2

If you decide to use an urn, make sure you comply with Jet2’s specific urn policies:

  • Material: The urn must be made of a material that can be X-ray scanned, like glass, wood, ceramic, marble, or plastic.
  • Airtight Seal: Ensure the urn is sealed tight, either by using a strong adhesive or the urns own screw-top function.
  • Weight and Size: It must fit within your hand luggage and meet Jet2’s weight restrictions (max 10kg).


Hand Luggage Size Guidelines for Ashes on Jet2

Your hand luggage should not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, including any wheels or handles. Jet2 offers one free piece of hand luggage per customer.

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Flying Internationally with Jet2 and Human Ashes

Jet2 does allow you to fly with ashes to any destination they service, as long as you’ve informed them in advance and have the necessary documentation. However, individual countries may have their own rules for accepting human ashes.

We strongly recommend contacting the embassy of your destination country to avoid any unwelcome surprises upon arrival.


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How heavy is My URN?
If you're planning to fly with Jet2 and need to carry ashes, it's vital to consider the total weight of both the ashes and the urn. Generally, the ashes can weigh between 1.8kg and 4kg, and the urn's weight can vary from 1kg to 3kg. Consequently, the overall weight could range from a minimum of 2.8kg to a maximum of 7kg, averaging around 4.9kg. If you're looking for a lighter option, a scatter tube might be a sensible choice, as it weighs only 0.35kg.
What size is my URN?
As for the dimensions of the urn, they typically vary from 10 to 12 inches in height (25 to 30 cm) and have a diameter spanning 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 given by the retailer, or reach out to the crematorium if that's where you obtained the urn or container.
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