Carry-on bag
Checked-in luggage
Ashes - Cremated remains

Can I take this item on a plane?

Yes, you can take cremated human and pet remains / ashes on a plane.

We recommend you advise your airline that you will be travelling with cremated remains.

What are the restrictions?

There are no restrictions that apply to cremated remains on domestic flights. 

There are no restrictions that apply to human cremated remains on international flights, but pet remains must go in checked luggage.

The container when carried as carry-on will be inspected, but not opened. The container may also be subject to trace detections, a non-intrusive security measure where swabs are taken from the container’s exterior.

What happens if I have a restricted item in my carry-on bag?

You will be asked to relinquish all dangerous or prohibited items found in your carry-on luggage. If you refuse:

  • you will not be permitted to move through the screening point, and
  • your airline will be advised of your refusal.

How does Aviation Security screen for restricted items?

AvSec x-ray bags going onto aircraft to ensure there is nothing dangerous in them. If something comes up on the x-ray that needs checking, the bag will be opened, searched and any dangerous good or prohibited item will be removed, with a bag search notification form left within the bag.

What if my items are removed?

If you want to retrieve an item that has been removed, please contact your airline as soon as possible. The airline will dispose of items within three to seven days, so the sooner you make contact, the better your chance of having the items returned to you. For more information, see:

Retrieving your removed items