There's even a patent (U.S. Pat. No. 4,877,203) that was issued for a device for spreading ashes from the air. The device includes a vent mechanism through the cockpit wall of an airplane. The ashes are loaded from the interior of the cockpit and released in the air through the vent. Alternatively, the ashes are contained in a burlap bag that is hung out of the cockpit window for release of the ashes in the sky. According to the patent, the fabric apparatus "is held through an open window and the cremated remains are released from the bottom of the container into the air surrounding the aircraft. This technique affords a number of advantages. First, it allows for the operation of opening the container of the apparatus from a location that is not immediately adjacent to the opening through which the cremated remains disperse. Second, it allows for the release of cremated remains at a point distant from the operator. This is important because the inherent turbulences and air flows in the vicinity of the window of an aircraft or other vehicle frequently involve back currents or other turbulences that may tend to direct cremated remains in a direction other than the one desired. By releasing the cremated remains at the end of an elongated apparatus, the direction of dispersal of the cremated remains is controlled and limited."