Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs are designed to provide a better understanding of our service offerings. Please send us a message below for more detailed information.

Minimum Packaging Requirements

Human Remains must be adequately secured in a tightly closed, leak proof container to prevent shifting and the escape of offensive odors and fluids.

The container must be enclosed in an outside shipping container of wood, metal, canvas, plastic, or paperboard construction with sufficient rigidity and padding to protect the container from damage.

The container must have at least six handles if in excess of 400 pounds.

The container must not exceed the Cargo Size Limitations of the aircraft used for shipment.

Fallen Soldier Program

In addition to the respect most airlines will give to members of the armed forces, the Fallen Soldier program ensures that proper protocols are followed when they have the honor of transporting a service member who has made the ultimate sacrifice, including special arrangements for military escorts. Fallen soldiers are transported in a special baggage cart that is refurbished with carpet and has a retractable American flag curtain with plaques representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Cremated remains

Cremated remains traveling as cargo is subject to the same minimum packaging requirements as stated above.

Travelers on airline passenger flights may bring cremated human remains on board as carry-on or checked baggage.

To learn more about the applicable security screening requirements, please check TSA Guide.

Human remains

Human remains must be accompanied by a death certificate signed by a physician or health care officer or a burial removal permit and/or transit permit as required by law. Please have the funeral establishment you are working with to contact the state or country officials at your origin and destination for full details on all regulations and document requirements.

Individual shippers

The transporting of human remains requires advance arrangements.  The rules governing this sensitive cargo are complex; thus, customers should work with a funeral home that can coordinate directly with the airline cargo to arrange for shipment and ground transfer from the funeral home to the designated airline carrier.



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