Post # 1
So I booked through a travel agent, thank goodness, so she can do the leg work on this, but she issued our plane tickets with just our first and last names, while my full name (including middle spelled out, not even just an initial) is on my newly issued passport…I googled it and it says the names must match EXACTLYto board the plane….
I called an hour ago and she said she could change it no problem, and she was going to call Continental specifically to see what their policy was…..and we have to wait til Fiance gets his passport in a few days to see what his name is on it….
Anyone travel recently with a similar situation? How did it turn out? Did they make you switch your plane tickets, did they let you board the plane? Any input is much appreciated….Its times like this when I love the fact that I over research and over think and over worry EVERYTHING! lol It would really stink to get to the airport all ready for fun in the sun and be turned away 🙁
Post # 3
Oh this happens to me all the time because my middle name is on my DL but I never put it on airline tickets. I have never ever ever had a problem boarding a plane!
Post # 4
Don’t worry. My middle name is on my IDs but I never book plane tickets with it. It’s not even an issue.
Post # 5
Even when your going out of the country?
Post # 6
Honestly, it depends where you’re going. I grew up in a US territory and my parents just bought my husband and me tickets to fly home this summer for a visit. They are VERY picky about it going into the territory– if your tickets don’t match your passport exactly they won’t let you on the plane. For this reason I am waiting to change my passport until after the trip– my name is legally changed everywhere else, but on my passport it still has my maiden name.
It may not be an issue, but when you’re dealing with international ANYTHING it’s just better to play it safe. I would have the agent change te tickets to match the passports– then, no matter what happens, there are no worries, no hold-ups.
Post # 7
I have traveled all over the Caribbean (via plane) and Europe and never been questioned about the fact my middle name is on my passport and not on my plane tickets. I’d think that they are looking more for first and last name matches and you look somewhat similar to the photo.
Post # 8
Yeah, international flights will be a lot more picky than domestic.
Where’re you headed?
Post # 10
In booking tickets on British Airways, they’ve always asked for everything exactly like the passport when booking. You even usually have to provide your passport numbers and info… It’s been a loooong time since I’ve done Mexico, and back then you could use your birth certificate… so… who knows. But, with the current state of Mexico, I would do everything as perfectly as possible…
Post # 11
I travel all the time. Your passport MUST have your full name on it. But most airlines don’t even have a name field for your middle name, so most tickets don’t have your middle name on them. Most especialy flying Continental Airlines to Mexico you are NOT going to have a problem. Depending on recent events, the real hard*** airline is British Airways, and only flying into London. But I’ve NEVER put my middle name on my tickets (my tickets are always issued the same, NMN), and I’ve never even been questioned about it. You have photo ID and a ticket, you’ll be fine.
PS-Puerto Vallarta is niiiiiiiiiiiiice! Enjoy!
Post # 12
I never put my middle name on my tickets, and obviously my passport has it. I never have a problem (traveled to Australia, South Africa, and Botswana). I think when it says it must be exact that it means you can’t have a nickname (ex. Mike short for Michael). That’s what I always thought because I never thought twice about not putting my middle name!
Post # 13
That has never been an issue for me. My middle name is spelled out on my passport and its never included on my boarding pass. I’ve always gotten on the plane. Strange.
Post # 14
Just flew to India three months ago. Middle name on passport, not on boarding pass..not an issue at all.
Post # 15
I have traveled a lot too and I never had my middle name on a ticket (I don’t even think they can fit it on most tickets).
Post # 16
Oh wow, thank you guys 🙂 Still have not heard back from the travel agent, but I feel much better already! I am a worrywart, I had visions of us getting to the boarding area and being turned away because they forgot to put them on! You guys have really put a lot of my fears to rest 🙂 You bees are AMAZING!