José Eduardo dos Santos has passed away! An insight on the 10 rules for air transportation of bodies

how to ship a dead body1. You can’t arrange air transportation for a dead body on your own.Most airlines will transport dead bodies but you’ll have to work with a funeral director or a specialized transport company. The shipper must be designated as a “known shipper”. Many funeral homes are approved as known shippers.
How to Ship a Dead Body2. The body will be transported in the cargo hold.The “known shipper” will place the deceased in a specialized container and the body will be placed in the cargo hold of the airplane. The funeral director on the other end will take care of getting the container to the destination funeral home.
How to ship a dead body3. You might need the services of two funeral providers.If the distance is too far to drive, and you will fly or use the train, you will probably need the services of a “known shipper” on the front end and a funeral director at the destination.
How to Ship a Dead Body4. Shipping a dead body can be expensive.The exact cost of shipping a dead body will depend on the distance, weight, and method of transportation. In addition to the cost of the travel, you’ll have to purchase a container as well as other services.
Shipping a dead body5. The cheapest way to move a dead body is to drive it.Actual price is determined by weight and miles. Funeral homes typically charge by the mile for distances that exceed 25 miles. If you want to move the body yourself be sure to check on the regulations in the state you are moving the body in. A funeral home can help answer any questions you might have.
Shipping a Dead Body6. You can buy a plan that will ship your body home if you die while traveling.Travel plans cover the cost if a person dies while away from home.
Shipping a Dead Body7. Shipping a body by train can be cost-effective.If you need to get the body from points that have train service at both ends, this can be a good option. You’ll probably need the services of a funeral director at both the beginning and end of the trip though. Amtrak, for example, requires a funeral director at both the beginning and end of the journey.
Shipping a Dead Body8. Some countries require that a body is embalmed or refrigerated if it will enter their territory. If you will cross country lines, be aware that different states have different requirements. For example, some countries require that the body is embalmed or refrigerated while others do not.
Shipping a Dead Body9. Shipping a body internationally can be very tricky. Regulations between countries vary widely. Start with a “known shipper” such as a funeral home or funeral director. They should be familiar with the requirements. You can also check with the embassy or consulate in the country the deceased was visiting.
Shipping a Dead Body10. Shipping cremated remains is less complicated than shipping a dead body.There are rules and regulations for transporting cremated remains, but the paperwork and details are much less extensive than for moving a dead body. If you fly, you may need a special urn but you can also use the Postal Service.

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