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Canada Introduces Changes to Regs. for Screening Containers Containing Cremated Remains

Posted: July 19, 2013

This week, Transport Canada will introduce regulatory changes that will require Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to follow new procedures for screening cremation containers. These procedures are similar to what has been in effect and practiced by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for several years now.

Changes include:

  • Cremation and/or death certificates will no longer enable a passenger to carry a crematory container through security and onto a plane without screening.
  • CATSA officials must now screen every cremation container transported as carry-on baggage using the x-ray machine to ensure there are no prohibited items inside. If it cannot be cleared by the x-ray machine, it will not be permitted past the security checkpoint and onto the flight.
  • Out of respect for the deceased, screening officers will not be allowed to open cremation containers at any time, even if requested to do so by the passenger, now will they inspect the contents if the container is opened by the passenger.
  • If x-ray screening of a cremation container results in an alarm but the passenger states the container is empty, the screening officer can ask the passenger to open it so that he or she can look inside and verify there are no prohibited items.

Complete information about the changes can be found on the NFDA website.

Shipping Remains Internationally? NFDA Has Resources For You

Shipping human remains to another country can be a confusing process given the varying requirements of the country receiving the remains and those of the airline on which the decedent is traveling. NFDA has compiled several resources to help you understand what is required so you can serve families as efficiently as possible.

NFDA is here to answer any questions you may have about shipping human remains internationally. Please contact a member of our International Relations staff for assistance:

  • International Project Manager Corey Eggers, 262-814-1571 (Toll-free in the U.S.: 800-228-6332)
  • Vice President of International Relations Debbie Andres, 262-814-1554 (Toll-free in the U.S.: 800-228-6332)

Countries or airlines may change their requirements at any time. If you find that a country's or airline's requirements have changed from the information listed on the NFDA website, please contact Corey or Debbie so that they can update the website.