Can You Take Human Ashes on a United Airlines Flight?

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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 United Airlines flights, regardless of departure or arrival location.

After reaching out to United Airlines directly via their phone support, we’ve compiled this guide to clarify their policies on travelling with cremated human ashes. We hope this helps answer any questions you may have. But to answer the questions “yes” United Airlines do allow ashes to fly on their planes.

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Understanding United Airlines’ Policy on Human Ashes

United Airlines is sensitive to the various reasons one might need to fly with cremated remains. Here’s what you need to know:


Always Carry-On, Never Checked-In

United Airlines stipulates that human ashes must be carried as part of your carry-on baggage and are not allowed in checked luggage; the weight limit for carry-on items is 50 pounds (23 kilograms) for United Economy and Premium Economy, and 70 pounds (32 kilograms) for United Business, United First, and United Polaris business class.

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Essential Documentation for Ashes on United Airlines

United Airlines advises bringing necessary documents like the Death certificate and Cremation certificate to speed up the process and avoid any possible complications.


Choosing the Right Container for Ashes on United Airlines

United Airlines also offers advice on the type of container to use for the ashes. However, they primarily emphasise that the container can pass through the X-ray machines.


If you find this guide useful, we invite you to share it with others who may also benefit from it. If you've flown with ashes on United Airlines, please consider leaving a detailed comment below about your experience. We highly value your feedback. Our objective is to make the task of traveling with ashes less challenging for anyone flying with United Airlines.
How heavy is My URN?
When you're flying with United Airlines and need to transport ashes, it's important to be aware of the total weight of both the ashes and the urn. Usually, the ashes weigh in the range of 1.8kg to 4kg, and the urn could add another 1kg to 3kg. This puts the overall weight anywhere between 2.8kg and 7kg, with the average weight being around 4.9kg. As a lighter option, you might think about using a scatter tube, which weighs just 0.35kg.
What size is my URN?
As for the dimensions of the urn, they're generally 10 to 12 inches tall (25 to 30 cm) and have a diameter ranging from 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm). For the most accurate dimensions, you are advised to measure the urn yourself, refer to the specifications provided at the point of purchase, or reach out to the crematorium if you bought the urn or container from them.
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