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Mar 21st, 2014, 12:10 AM
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Carrying mothers ashes via international flight

Hello I am going to be traveling from US to China hoping to have my mothers ashes with me so that she maybe buried with her mother in China. Is this allowed? I've got the copy of the death certificate and the certificate that she was cremated. I have looked into TSA and United (flying with United) and they have said that it is okay for domestic flights but I am unsure about an international flight. Any guidance or tips are much appreciated. Thankyou.
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Mar 21st, 2014, 03:26 AM
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Few years back my friend took his dads ashes from US to UK. No issues. I know because I was traveling with him. TSA asked what's in it but he was honest and they had no issues. UK customs did not ask anything.
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Mar 21st, 2014, 05:21 AM
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The issue, if any, will be with China customs. Contact a consulate or embassy with your question for a definitive answer.
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Mar 21st, 2014, 08:52 AM
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Yes - you need to ask the Chinese consulate to make sure . . . but otherwise there is no issue. Either in checked baggage or in your carry-on it is allowed.
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Mar 21st, 2014, 11:49 AM
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In agreement with all above. I took ashes to Greece, but called the Greek consulate first. No one payed any attention.
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Mar 21st, 2014, 01:02 PM
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Thankyou so much everyone! Much appreciated. I do plan to bring my mother with me as a "carry-on".
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Mar 21st, 2014, 05:42 PM
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And just one other comment - you have my deepest sympathy on losing you mother.
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Mar 23rd, 2014, 02:49 PM
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I took a friend's ashes from Guatemala to the US last year on American Airlines and had to put them in a checked bag. I put photocopies of all the documents in the bag and kept the originals with me. No problems.
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Mar 23rd, 2014, 02:51 PM
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Speaking as one who has had delayed/misdirected luggage 9 different times I would never put anything of value in a checked bag. Your mother's ashes are priceless, please carry them on.

Please accept my condolences for your loss.
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Mar 23rd, 2014, 07:09 PM
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>>>Either in checked baggage or in your carry-on it is allowed.<<<

Depends on airline.
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