Checklist prior to departing the dock:

  • Complete the “Authorization for the Scattering of Cremated Remains at Sea” form.
  • Attach a Bank Cashier’s Check or money order for the appropriate amount made out to: Brad White
  • A personal check will be accepted, but services will be delayed until the check clears. If you prefer to pay by credit card, please call Direct (781) 834-0112 for fast processing. Rates
  • Ship the cremated remains to:
    Captain Brad White
    P.O. Box 489, 149 Old Main St
    Marshfield Hills, MA 02051
    Tel: (781) 834.0112
  • The U.S. Postal Service will ship ashes. Use Priority Mail with Certified Return Receipt Requested. Ashes must remain in the plastic/cardboard box in which you received them. Place the original box inside another box.
  • Insert the completed Authorization for the Scattering of Cremated Remains at Sea and payment (if not paying by credit card) in the outer shipping container.
  • New England Burials at Sea assumes no responsibility for shipments made by the customer.


We often get asked the question on, “How do I air travel with cremated remains?”

We do recommend carrying a copy of this TSA press release with you when you travel.  We do not recommend checking human cremated remains as checked baggage but actually carrying on with you for full security and peace of mind. 

If you are comfortable with shipping to us directly viaUSregistered mail (The same way they ship gold and stock certificates) that is the safest and only way to ship cremated remains and you can ask us to send you that information and simple procedure as well.  Please note, only theUSAmail will ship human cremated remains.  UPS and FED-X will not.

We have listed the important salient points of these following TSA releases for your convenience.

We recommend the simple cremation receptacle that comes from the crematory for a shipping container while on your person for easy x-ray .


Capt Brad

(posted 2010)

2004: TSA Partners With Funeral Homes to Safely Transport Cremated Remains

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY  Transportation Security Administration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - September 7, 2004  TSA Press Office: (571) 227-2829

WASHINGTON, D.C – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced a partnership with the nation’s funeral homes to ensure that cremated remains are safely and securely transported through airport security checkpoints.

“Americans have recognized the need for measures that have dramatically increased aviation security since the events of September 11th,” said Ron Sokolov, Executive Director for Customer Service and Education.  “As more Americans transport cremated remains, TSA and the nation’s funeral homes are striving to educate the public on the best method to move cremated remains through checkpoints in a manner that is both respectful to loved ones and secure.”

To maintain the highest level of security, TSA determined that documentation from a funeral home about the contents of a crematory container was no longer sufficient to allow the container through a security checkpoint and onto a plane.  Since February of this year, all crematory containers must pass through an X-ray machine.  If a container is made of a material that prevents screeners from clearly seeing what is inside, the container will not be allowed through the checkpoint.  Out of respect for the deceased, screeners will not open a container, even if requested by the passenger.

TSA recommends that passengers transport remains in temporary or permanent “security friendly” containers constructed of light-weight materials such as plastic or wood.  Temporary containers are typically available from funeral homes and offer a security friendly means to travel by air with a crematory container.  Once the passengers complete their travel, they can visit their local TSA’s Funeral Home Partner who will transfer the remains from the temporary container to the permanent container free of charge.  The complimentary “Remains Transfer Service” has been embraced by the funeral industry and already many funeral homes have requested to become partners in this important customer service effort.  ###

Transporting the Deceased

Special Needs  Traveling with Crematory Remains

We understand how painful losing a loved one is, and we respect anyone traveling with crematory remains. Passengers are allowed to carry a crematory container as part of their carry-on luggage, but the container must pass through the X-ray machine. If the container is made of a material that generates an opaque image and prevents the Transportation Security Officer from clearly being able to see what is inside, then the container cannot be allowed through the security checkpoint.  (Capt Brad Comment You will then have to check the container)

Out of respect to the deceased and their family and friends, under no circumstances will an officer open the container even if the passenger requests this be done. Documentation from the funeral home is not sufficient to carry a crematory container through security and onto a plane without screening.

You may transport the urn as checked baggage provided that it is successfully screened. We will screen the urn for explosive materials/devices using a variety of techniques; if cleared, it will be permitted as checked baggage only.

Some airlines do not allow cremated remains as checked baggage so please check with your air carrier before attempting to transport a crematory container in checked baggage.

Crematory containers are made from many different types of materials, all with varying thickness. At present, we cannot state for certain whether your particular crematory container can successfully pass through an X-ray machine. However, we suggest that you purchase a temporary or permanent crematory container made of a lighter weight material such as wood or plastic that can be successfully X-rayed. We will continue to work with funeral home associations to provide additional guidance in the future