What if the Name on my ID is Different Than on My Ticket?
We recently booked airline reservations. We didn’t realize that the names on our driver’s licenses do not match the names exactly as they appear on the tickets (ie. Andy instead of Andrew, middle initials missing). Will this be a problem at airport check-in/boarding? If so, what do we need to do ahead of time?
As of May 15, 2009, the TSA now requires your air travel reservations to be made under the exact name listed on your government issued ID. However, check out this blog post from them. They write, “But rest assured, the system will be pretty flexible. For the near future, small differences between ID and reservation information, such as the use of a middle initial instead of a full middle name or no middle name/initial at all, should not cause a problem for the passenger.” They also go on to explain that the point of this new rule is to be able to positively identify people who are on the FBI’s No Fly List.
You might be able to get away with a small difference in your name between your air ticket and your ID, but there’s no way to be 100% sure. If you’d rather not risk it, you’ll have to work directly with your airline to get the ticket changed. I’m not sure which carrier you’re flying, but most don’t allow name changes. In many cases this means you’ll be required to cancel your current ticket and rebook a new one under the proper name—which will be costly.
I’m sorry! I wish I had better news for you. The TSA is really cracking down, but hopefully it will lead to safer skies for everyone.
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