Cremation is fast becoming Americans' preference for heading to the hereafter. In the states that light the most pyres (Oregon, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Vermont), people choose incineration three times out of every four, the National Funeral Directors Association has found. Even when the ashes are interred, cremation has advantages: it's cheaper, tidier, and slightly more eco-friendly than traditional burials.
What cannot be confirmed, exactly, is what people are doing with all those ash-white cremains. Funeral directors who aren't personally tasked with disposal don't keep records on their clients' final resting places, and polls from the National Cremation Society are similarly vague about disposal methods. It got us to thinking: when the deceased is so portable as an urn of ashes, where must people be taking them? Turns out the Transportation Security Administration will let you carry ashes onto a flight. Then what?