Carrying ashes onboard an Aer Lingus flight

Taking ashes on an Aer Lingus flight

We contacted Aer Lingus to clarify their policies for travelling with ashes on their flights. We aim to provide you with the information you need to feel at ease when planning your trip.

Can you take ashes on a plane with Aer Lingus?

Yes, you can fly with ashes on an Aer Lingus flight. It’s important to know their specific regulations to ensure a smooth and stress-free travel experience.

  • Aer Lingus allows you to store ashes in your carry-on and checked luggage. 
  • Aer Lingus only accepts ashes on their flights that are being transported in an urn.
  • Aer Lingus does not permit the transportation of animal ashes, only human.
  • You must be travelling with a copy of the death certificate and the cremation certificate. 

Aer Lingus flight urn restrictions

Aer Lingus allows ashes to be transported in an urn but requires it to follow these specifications:

  • The urn must be arranged by an undertaker or funeral director, who must ensure that the urn is secured in a padded leak-proof container that is not made of metal.
  • The urn must be made from security-friendly materials. It must be non-metallic and made from glass, ceramic, plastic, wood or marble. 
  • The urn must fit within your luggage. It must be transported within a bag, whether in your hand or hold luggage.
  • The urn must fit within Aer Lingus baggage weight restrictions -10kg max hand luggage, 20kg max hold luggage.
  • The urn must fit Aer Lingus baggage size restrictions.

Aer Lingus flight baggage allowance

Aer Lingus allows for one 10kg carry-on bag measuring 55cm x 40cm x 24cm. You must ensure your urn fits within this bag.

The maximum dimensions Aer Lingus allow for hold luggage are (length + width + height) = 158cm, and the maximum weight is 20kg. You can upgrade your baggage allowance to a heavier case if you’re willing to pay.

Where can I fly to with ashes? 

Aer Lingus allows you to transport ashes to all of its destinations. However, it is vital to remember that different countries have different rules and regulations regarding the transportation of ashes, so it is essential to research your destination country thoroughly.

Most countries require additional paperwork than Aer Lingus, so failing to have the correct documents may result in your loved one’s ashes being confiscated by customs. It is crucial to be aware of the requirements of your destination country before travelling.

We strongly recommend reaching out to your destination country’s embassy to understand what paperwork is required when travelling with ashes. This will help ensure your journey is straightforward and stress-free.