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Name On Ticket Doesn´t Match ID. Help Needed!

Mon May 17, 2010 11:40 pm

Hello Everybody, I need help from you frequent travelers and travel industry members. I just bought the tickets for my honeymoon. We are flying HMO - LAX - HMO on AM, and LAX-PPT-AKL-LAX on TN. My girlfriend name is Yvette, so I bought her ticket under Yvette name (pretty obvious). The point is that she just told me that her passport (and therefore her US Visa) are misspelled and that in both documents they changed the Y for I, so in her documents her name appears as Ivette instead of Yvette.
Do you think that there might be a problem if the name on the ticket doesn´t match exactly the name on her passport and visa? I know that regulations in airports are more strict every time, so I just want to make sure that I wont have any problem, especially in my honeymoon  

Thaks a lot for your help guys, I will really apprecciate it..

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RE: Name On Ticket Doesn´t Match ID. Help Needed!

Tue May 18, 2010 1:09 am

After having her current passport for about five years, and after having taken numerous foreign trips with it, my mother-in-law recently discovered that her passport indicates her gender as Male instead of Female. The error was discovered by an airline ticket agent. Until the recent discovery, not a single airline employee, security agent, or customs and immigration agent (in the United States or elsewhere) noticed it, including my mother-in-law. A misspelled name will be much more obvious, but in all likelihood all it will trigger is extra security screening, not denial of boarding. Still, that is no guarantee, so if you or your girlfriend is able, if you can get either the ticket or the passport changed before the trip, so much the better. My wife just legally had one of her middle names eliminated which has caused her to get a new passport. There are expedited services for this purpose.
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RE: Name On Ticket Doesn´t Match ID. Help Needed!

Tue May 18, 2010 4:35 am

Under the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight program, a passenger's ticket must match the names on his or her government-issued identification. Airlines also collect passenger data including names, date of births and gender so the TSA can compare it against watch lists. .

While a Y or I might not be a deal breaker, it may slow you down and subject you to additional screening.

If all possible I would try to have her passport and visa updated with her proper spelling. Anyhow it is after all her responsibility to ensure her documentation is correct. I dont quite understand how she could accept and knowingly sit on a misspelled passport.

Anyhow... happy honeymoon.
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RE: Name On Ticket Doesn´t Match ID. Help Needed!

Tue May 18, 2010 12:35 pm

Here is my experience with a misspelling of my name on my passport: a replacement US passport that was issued rapidly to replace a stolen passport had two letters at the end of my name transposed. Traveling out from the states the first time no one noticed (this was in 2000, so pre-9/11). I noticed it when I arrived where I was living and the embassy put a correction on p.27. From that time on, and especially post 9/11 many ticket agents and some immigration officers noticed the discrepancy between the passport name and the ticket, and I needed to refer them to p. 27. One agent actually told me that the name on my ticket was wrong and the passport right!

I mention that the letters were at the end of my name, because even then they were noticed. My strong suggestion is to get this cleared up before traveling.
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RE: Name On Ticket Doesn´t Match ID. Help Needed!

Tue May 18, 2010 12:58 pm

I agree with the other suggestions that you should get it sorted before you travel. A few moons ago when we still made use of paper tickets, I discovered that the ticket printer erroneously printed an "F" instead of an "E" in my first name. We phoned the airline to find out whether it would be a problem - they confirmed that it would be a problem. In the end the ticket had to be reissued.

Rather be safe than sorry, especially on this happy occasion.


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RE: Name On Ticket Doesn´t Match ID. Help Needed!

Tue May 18, 2010 1:05 pm

As suggested by others, get it all corrected. Use expedited service if necessary. Do not attempt to take this rather involved trip....an important one at that....that will subject you to security checks, customs and immigration inspections knowingly with incorrect documents. Denied boarding or an interrupted journey will ruin your trip, not to speak of concern all along the way that you know a potential problem could occur.
It may be a bit inconvenient to jump through all the hoops to get all this corrected, but you'll enjoy peace of mind while on this great trip, and the matter will be taken care of for all future travel.
Best Wishes for what looks like an awesome trip,
P.S. I once was involved with a couple who checked in for their 2 week honeymoon trip to France and Italy and both presented expired passports! Too busy working and involved with wedding plans, neither one knew their passports had expired. No way to rebook trip if passports could be renewed, their entire trip was cancelled at the ticket counter on the spot. I have never forgotten how devastated those two people were a day after their wedding.
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RE: Name On Ticket Doesn´t Match ID. Help Needed!

Tue May 18, 2010 1:40 pm

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
As suggested by others, get it all corrected. Use expedited service if necessary.

Agreed, but I'd go with changing the tickets, not the passport (unless she wants to change the passport anyway) - it will likely be far easier. Not too long ago, my father-in-law inadvertently used the wrong middle name for my wife on a ticket he was buying for us. A quick (i.e. less than 5 minute) call to the airline resolved the problem. That seems MUCH easier than getting a new passport and US visa.

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RE: Name On Ticket Doesn´t Match ID. Help Needed!

Tue May 18, 2010 4:14 pm

Thank guys.. I tought this wouldn´t be a problem.. Glad I asked and avoid any problem at the airport.. I will get her documents fixed then.. The good thing is that we still have plenty of time, as the wedding is in January..

Thanks again,



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