Keb wrote:Seriously though. One should know the regulations when traveling with cremated remains.
When we went to Ireland to scatter my dad's ashes, we had to get a travel urn (a plastic box) that could be x-rayed. I read that they weren't allowed to open up the remains.
They never really checked because we had about 10 minutes to get from the security check to the gate as the flight was about to leave.
When we brought my sister's ashes onto a plane, they were in a sealed plastic bag inside of a simple cardboard box. We also had to carry a special permit that basically alerted them to what was inside. It went through the scanner without a problem because of the permit.
From what I understand, cremated remains and explosives are extremely similar in x-ray scans, so the permit it pretty much the only thing that lets them know you're not trying to kill everybody. That's why it's such a hassle to get one.