Do I Need to Put My Middle Name on My Airline Ticket?

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You’re excited to book that airline ticket and head off to paradise, visit distant family, or arrange that important business meeting. You fill out all of the information needed, hit the purchase button, and move on to daily life while you anticipate your journey.

But wait, did you remember to add your middle name to the reservation? Chances are you didn’t, but you’re not alone. After all, we don’t use middle names on a daily basis so it’s not unusual to omit your middle name when booking an airline ticket.

However, could this be a problem when you fly? Airlines are clear in warning you that the name used for booking your ticket must match your government-issued ID. Since your government-issued ID usually contains your middle name, what happens if you forgot to include it?

The bottom line is that it shouldn’t be a problem.

Here’s What is Known

  • The airline is required by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to collect Secure Flight passenger data. “This includes the passenger’s full name as it appears on the non-expired government-issued photo ID, date of birth, gender, and TSA Redress Number, if available.”
  • Travelers fly every day without providing their middle names when booking a ticket.
  • Some airlines print your boarding pass without including your middle name, the first and middle names are merged together, or the last half of your name is missing.

One of the reasons that people travel, every day, without having put their middle name on their ticket is that their Secure Flight passenger information is correct in their airline profile or within their ticket information.

Since the airline is required to provide this information to TSA, you’ll want to make sure your passenger information is correct to avoid a problem at the airport.

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Ensuring Your Passenger Information is Correct

Whether your middle name was included or not when booking your ticket, go to the airline’s website and add the correct secure passenger information to your reservation. You will find this section within the “Manage Your Trip”, “My Reservations”, “My Trips”, or another similarly-titled section.

Access your reservation with the record locator or ticket number and add your complete name along with any other needed information to your reservation. If you have a frequent flyer account with the airline, you should also make sure that the passenger information is correct.

To illustrate: If you log into your American Airlines’ AAdvantage frequent flyer profile, all of your secure flight information is saved and correct. If you then booked a flight with American and forgot to include your middle name, it wouldn’t matter because your airline profile contains all of the correct secure passenger information.

I have never put my middle name in a reservation yet after hundreds of thousands of miles, even connecting to other international airlines, I have not ever had a problem.

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There are other reasons for making sure your secure passenger information is correct within your reservation. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBT) website,  you may not receive TSA PreCheck “if your airline frequent flyer profile and reservation do not have your correct first/middle/last name and correct date of birth”.

Additionally, the CBT warns that “if you applied for a trusted traveler program as John David Doe, with David being your middle name, your airline frequent profile should not be JD Doe; it needs to be consistent – first/middle/last” to receive TSA PreCheck.

It’s known that, depending on the airline, your middle name might not print on your boarding pass even if you did include it when booking. You may even see your first and middle names merged together into one name on your boarding pass.

When the TSA agent checks your boarding pass, they are also checking your Secure Flight passenger data. Even though your boarding pass may not match your government-issued ID (i.e. your middle name is not on it), if your passenger information is correct, there will not be a problem.

Bottom Line: Even if you forget to put your middle name in when booking your ticket, chances are there will be no issues when flying.

Steps You Can Take to Avoid Any Issues

  • Try to remember to add your middle name to your reservation to match with your government-issued photo ID.
  • If you forget, access your reservation on the airline’s website and update the passenger information for that ticket.
  • If you’re flying on more than one airline, access your reservation on each airline’s website and update your passenger information.
  • You can also set up a frequent flyer account with the airline and add your correct secure passenger information to your profile. When you book a ticket with that airline in the future and add that frequent flyer number, the passenger information will be added automatically to your reservation.
  • If you currently have a frequent flyer account, make sure the information saved in your profile is correct.

Needless to say, the individual airline has the final say as to whether you can board a flight. However, including your middle name upfront and ensuring your ticket information matches your government-issued ID in advance are simple steps that can prevent any issues when flying.

Our advice? While you should always try to include our middle name when booking, if the information in your frequent flyer account and/or secure passenger information is correct, it will not be a problem if you forget.

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Christine Krzyszton

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Christine, who lives in Northern Michigan, travels about 300,000 miles a year despite her remote location. Her expertise is traveling the world on a weekend with no pre-determined destination in mind, letting the cost of the airfare determine where she will go. She has over four million flown miles and elite status on all three major domestic carriers.

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  1. Secure flight data needs to match including middle names. Your ticket does not require a middle name.

    Except that Cathay Pacific has started requiring middle names at least for AAdvantage-issued award tickets, but that’s not a government requirement. Not all American agents realize this, so they then need their CX liaison to work with Cathay to get tickets reissued (although I haven’t heard of anyone having a problem at the airport failing to meet this requirement).

    Similarly minor misspellings of a name are generally not an issue for an airline. Occasionally an overzealous TSA agent will have an issue, so it’s advisable to get the airport early when there’s a minor misspelling to go through a different checkpoint or go through with a different document checker if turned away (but this is rare).

    • Thank you Gary! Great insights there 🙂

    • Hi, how about wrong sequence of my name in my flight ticket? My boss booked me a domestic flight in philippine airlines but when i receive my e-ticket i found out that my name sequence was incorrect, my middle name was placed as my first name and my first name was in my middle name; surname was the only right it acceptable? Please response. Thanks

      • Stephen Au · November 26, 2018 · Reply


        They most likely will not allow you to fly if that is the case. Sorry to hear that.

        We suggest you contact the airline in order to find out what steps to take next.

  2. WOW Airlines recently prevented a woman from boarding a flight from Toronto because her boarding pass didn’t have her middle name. She had to buy a full fare ticket for the next day and pay a $23 name change fee.

  3. Great Information! One of my friend flying from London to Sydney airlines prevented him because his boarding pass didn’t have his Middle name. Finally, he paid extra charge for name change. Great Article, it contains very useful information!

    • Michael McHugh · May 15, 2018 · Reply

      Thanks Ashley!

    • Camille · March 18, 2019 · Reply

      Hi, I have booked a flight via China Airlines from Hong Kong to Taipei and have missed out my middle name, which my passport have 3 fields (Last, First and Middle Name). so the outcome of the e-ticket is only shown as my Last Name and First Name.

      I have contact the hotline to see what I can do, they advise me to buy a whole new ticket adding my middle name and they will refund the old ticket but of course with extra surcharge of hkd350.

      I’m concerned whether this will be a problem when it comes to the immigration, as every time I travel elsewhere I would input my middle name but this is the first time i missed this part. Also, as my passport is free visa to Taipei which my friends says that it shouldn’t be that strict without the middle name on the flight ticket or e-ticket even if it shows on the passport.

      Please note that I have a really long name so even the ticket itself doesn’t show the whole name. For Example Middle Name “Cheung”, ticket shows “Smith Camille-Rose Cheu”.

      In case I don’t really have a choice, do you think it’s possible to change the name or add my middle name and pay for the additional charges in the counter instead of rebooking and repurchasing it online? Or would the airline have me purchase a whole new ticket and not have the ticket I have now be refunded if I don’t do it online/ in advance?

      Thanks in advance for the help!

      • Camille, can you update what happened to your flight? Were you denied to board without your
        Middle name? I hope to hear from you.

  4. Becky Lau · May 29, 2018 · Reply

    I’m in this position with Cathay Pacific and I forgot to put in the middle name too. They told me that I will have to buy new tickets instead if I need to add the middle name. What should I do? Can people tell me if I will not be able to board the plane then since I forgot to add the middle name to my booking? This whole middle name is stressing me out. Please help!

    • We see no reason why there would be an issue in your situation Becky. I’ve never needed to add my middle name and I’ve never had a problem. Of course, I can’t guarantee this for you – it’s just my experience and the article pretty much says that too!

    • Frank Kwok · November 8, 2018 · Reply

      I’m in the same boat now, can you tell me if you had any issue getting a boarding pass?

  5. I recently used my company’s booking service to get a flight. I haven’t flown in probably 5 years now. I did not put my middle name on it I have a week before my trip is there still time to add or should I add it. Flying American airlines and I looked on there website and it was not a requirement.

    • Christine Krzyszton · September 11, 2018 · Reply

      You should not have a problem, Tony. I have not provided my middle name for years when booking on American Airlines.

  6. Skye Maclean · September 16, 2018 · Reply

    Hey everyone,

    I’m flying to Morocco via Barcelona (Los Angeles to Barcelona to Tangier) in January and just realized I forgot to add our middle names to our tickets. We are flying Norwegian Air from LA to Barcelona and then Vueling from Barcelona to Tangier. It’s gunna cost 130euro per person to add our middle names to the booking, so I am wondering if it’s really worth it? Any experience with Norwegian or Vueling being very picky about exact names? 130euros each is almost as much as buying one of our tickets all over again….

    Thanks in advance!

    • Stephen Au · September 19, 2018 · Reply

      Hey Skye,

      We don’t necessarily have experience with Norwegian and Vueling with regards to middle names. However, from my own experience flying on Asiana Airlines, it should not matter. The reason why is because different airline agencies have different IT systems and if you, for example, book through a travel agency or Expedia, then they might send the information to the airline differently.

      I think you are fine, but there are no guarantees.

  7. bhim bahadur gurung · September 22, 2018 · Reply

    I’m traveling by jet blue with out middle name is that ok to traver? And it’s international flight.

    • Stephen Au · September 23, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Bhim,

      I would call JetBlue and find out if there’s going to be a problem. You should be fine, but double-check just to be sure.

  8. Hi all and everyone,
    I’ve booked a flight with Malindo airlines from Mumbai to Indonesia via Kuala Lumpur return in October. I didn’t add my middle name on the ticket but my passport does have it.
    What should I do?

    • Christine Krzyszton · September 24, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Vas, thanks for your question. The consensus is that you should not have a problem. With that said, you could always make a call to Malindo Airlines if doing so would give you more peace of mind.

      • Hi Christine,

        Just a question for my upcoming flight this coming January 2020. I booked a round trip from Canada to Philippines via WestJet and EVA Air. I only have my first name and last name printed on the itinerary but on my passport, my middle name is included as part of my given name. I am excited for my trip but this whole thing is stressing me out. I don’t know what to do.😔

        • Christine Krzyszton · October 28, 2019 · Reply

          Hello Mae. As mentioned previously, your middle name does not need to be on your ticket. If the first and last name are correct, you should have no problem. I will also add that you might attempt to access your reservation online and see if you can add the middle name as this is sometimes possible. You can also contact the airline if you are concerned.

  9. I have booked SFO to BOM ticket for my guest, but i forgot to mention middle name at the time of booking. i just wanted to check if they able to board the flight ?

    • Hey Sumit – you should be absolutely fine. There are very few cases where leaving out your middle name causes a problem.

      • Hello! Please help! Ive bought my ticket with, apparently a very bad choice, the airline is Air Transat and it is a domestic flight in Canada. I’ve called the airline and they say theres not a problem about the middle name but that the agent should do it, the agent being gotogate apparently is the worst and just say you will lose your flight, they’ve been called an scam by everyone in the forums. My question is, once I get to the airport ( I arrive almost 20 hours before my flight) will I be dealing directly with Air Transat? Can they help me with this middle name adding or am I stuck with trying to squeeze help out of gotogate?

        • Hi Monica,

          If Air Transat say that it’s ok, then I personally wouldn’t be concerned. It sounds like asking GoToGate to help you will be futile and I wouldn’t do that based on their feedback.

          • Amanuel · April 23, 2019

            Hi everyone. I booked six passengers from SFO to Addis Ababa. The ticket officer did not put one of my daughter’s middle name in full, only the initials. My daughter is an infant. The rest of us are entered ok. Can you give any advice? I am worried for my daughter.

          • Christine Krzyszton · April 23, 2019

            Hello Amanuel. You could contact the ticketing agent and ask them to correct it. If they cannot, ask them for the record locator number or the ticket number. Go to the airline’s web site and access the reservation. You may be able to change the information in the secure passenger info yourself.

        • Candace · April 1, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Monica – were you able to get on the flight? I just made the same mistake with gotogate. There is no field for middle name so of course we missed it. I am going overseas, the first leg is Alaska and they were so nice and easily added my middle name in 2 secs, China southern is the long leg and they said contact agent, agent said CS doesn’t allow any ticket changes and they charged me $25 extra just to tell me that.

          • Christine Krzyszton · April 1, 2019

            Hi Candace. You can go to the China Southern Airlines web site ( and access your itinerary under “manage my trip”. You will need your China Southern record locator number or you can use the ticket number. You may be able to add the information there.

        • Devine · April 7, 2019 · Reply

          Hello, My sister bought a ticket for me from cheapoair with China Eastern Airlines but she mistakenly used my married name but my passport is under my maiden name. Do you think they will let me on board with this error?

          • Christine Krzyszton · April 7, 2019

            Hello Devine. I do not think you will be allowed to travel with the discrepancy. You don’t mention your departure date but if you have enough time, you may want to get your passport updated as you will need to do this eventually anyway. If you do not have enough time to update your passport, you will need to contact China Eastern and find out your options.

  10. Often, we need to correctly enter our name in the passport in the order from top to bottom from left to right, avoiding missing names, trouble when carrying out procedures at the airport.

  11. What about United? I called and they said it should match your ID, but is it really necessary?

    • Christine Krzyszton · October 31, 2018 · Reply

      Hi SC! The consensus is that you should not have a problem, especially flying domestically.

  12. I recently booked a trip through my travel co at work, and they asked for my middle name however, I have my middle initial on my d.l. It is for a domestic flight and on delta. Will they let me fly?

  13. Amla Patel · November 18, 2018 · Reply

    What about korean airlines? If my passport(us) has my middle name and my ticket does not, will it be an issue?

  14. Mengsteab Zerai · December 15, 2018 · Reply

    I just included my middle name while booking my flight with Air Canada. However, my travel document doesn’t have my middle name on it. Does that affect to my flight for any reason? Was there anyone in my situation?
    Thank you so much.

  15. Hello,

    I booked a ticket from Mexico to Colombia. I have two names and two surnames and only included my first name and first surname. I was told by the airline that I had to cancel the ticket and purchase a new one with the full name. Would it really be a problem if I use only my first name and one of my surnames?

    • Hi Ana – if the airline is telling you there’s an issue, I would always follow their advice. But before you do that, I’d ring them again to double-check as the first operator you spoke with could be incorrect.

  16. Jacqueline · December 28, 2018 · Reply

    Hi, what about Air France? Trying to get in touch with them but I’ve been on hold forever…

    • Hi Jacqueline – you should not have a problem; it’s extremely rare for someone to be denied boarding due to missing out their middle name.

  17. Brandon Rodrigueza · January 1, 2019 · Reply


    I booked my son’s plane tickets and i included his middle name (being his mother’s maiden family/surname). But when the flight itinerary was sent to me, it appears that his middle name is part of his given names (printed without spaces between letters). His passport only contains his given names but not his middle name (again, I am referring to his mother’s or my wife’s maiden family name). Will this cause a problem?


    • Stephen Au · January 3, 2019 · Reply

      Hey Brandon,

      I’m not sure I understand your question. Would you kindly mind clarifying with the actual names? Thank you.

  18. I booked a ticket by redeeming Asiamiles with CX, BA, Iberia and Finnair. My middle name was not included on my ticket. With these airlines, do you think it will be okay? Thanks,

    • Christine Krzyszton · January 5, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Jayson. As we mentioned previously, it is rare to have a problem when your middle name is not included. If you are concerned, however, you should contact the ticket issuer.

  19. My passport has my full name including my middle name, however my booking ticket shows my first and last name but only my initials of my middle name. Is that a problem? Flying with Copa Airlines. Is Copa strict?

  20. I am flying through EVA airlines to South Korea. I did not put my middle name on the flying ticket. However my middle name does show on my passport. I called them to ask and nobody is giving me a straight answer and they are saying it depends on the TSA. Should I be concerned? Its just my middle name….but i dont know how strict they are

    • Hey Blanca, the general consensus is to not be concerned. Obviously we don’t control the outcome but the number of issues that are caused due to NOT having a middle name on the ticket are tiny. For example, in the hundreds of flights I’ve never had an issue.

    • Blanca, did it end up not being an issue for you? Im in the same situation, booking Eva from US to Thailand.

  21. My daughter purchased our tickets online and just noticed that she has put my First Name (two names spelled out in full), Middle name (just an initial) and last name…but on my passport my Middle name is spelled out in full. Is this going to be an issue for me?

    • Stephen Au · January 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Maria,

      If it’s just a middle initial instead of the whole middle name, you should be fine. Of course, this is at the discretion of the airline, but there are many instances where you purchase a flight and the airline doesn’t register your full middle name. In this case, it’s out of your control, and you shouldn’t be on the hook for it. Thanks for reading!

      • randy che · February 2, 2019 · Reply

        I bought a flight ticket online for my wife and 2 sons through Big mistake.

        My wife’s and oldest son’s (2-years old) names are fine but my youngest’s (9-months old) middle name has only one initial and is missing 3 letters.

        I book the flight online from Boston (BOS) to Phnom Penh (PNH) with 2 connecting flights. Singapore Airlines ticketed the flight, but it’s operated by 3 different airlines.

        Anyone have any insight??

        • Stephen Au · February 5, 2019 · Reply

          Hey Randy,

          At the moment, if the middle initial is there, you should be fine. We are not the airlines, so we cannot confirm for sure. The best thing to do is to reach out to or Singapore Airlines and see if you can get it modified.

          Hope this helps!

    • I’m in the same situation, airline ticket has my middle initial but passport shows middle name. Flying with Hong kong airli es. How did it go? I have a feeling that callcenters will go by the book and tell you everything should match which freaks us passengers.

  22. Jacqueline · January 18, 2019 · Reply

    Hi. Has anyone flown with China Eastern airlines recently(domestic within China)? I made our bookings for flights and forgot middle names.
    I can’t get hold of them either. I know the general consensus is that it shouldn’t be a problem, but if anyone has an idea it would be appreciated?

  23. Hi, I put my middle name in my booking but I don’t have it on the passport. The airline said it would be no problem but they said it might be a problem when I called them for the second time. I have a flight soon, did anybody experience the same thing I did?

    • Stephen Au · February 9, 2019 · Reply

      Hey Tata,

      This might be a problem. In order to be safe, you should get your passport changed to show your middle name. If that’s not possible, there’s not much you can do besides book a new flight without your middle name. Make sure to book flights with the exact information as on your passport because that’s the most important document that can verify your identity! Thanks for reading.

  24. Shahira Zaarour · February 9, 2019 · Reply

    My passport has my full name including my middle name but my middle name shown in my passport as initial( A A), however my booking ticket shows my first and last name. Is that a problem? Flying with French Airlines?
    Because I have my first name and the middle initial then my last name .. so that I just included my first and last name .
    Is that a problem? Please helped me 😭

    • James Larounis · February 11, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Shahira. Normally, this isn’t a problem, however you’ll want to call Air France (who I presume is the airline you are flying with?) to verify. I would recommend Tweeting them as this type of question can normally be solved fairly quickly over Twitter rather than waiting on hold over the phone. I hope this helps!

  25. ben deugo · February 14, 2019 · Reply

    Hi, I’m flying with Air France and I have just realized my flight ticket has my middle name but my passport doesn’t have my middle name. Will I have issue boarding my flight?

    • James Larounis · February 20, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Ben! Great question. You shouldn’t have an issue boarding your flight. This is a pretty “normal” occurrence, and one I don’t see many people encountering any problems with.

    • Hi Ben, this is usually more of a problem when your passport includes your middle name but your boarding pass does not. You shouldn’t have any issues here but I would call Air France and chat with customer service just to be sure.

  26. Valerie Lyons · February 27, 2019 · Reply

    My airline ticket that I booked through a discounted travel site has my wrong middle initial. (My ticket is a Basic Economy) I cannot get ahold of the discounted travel site to see if they can fix this issue. The airline says they cannot fix it because it wasn’t booked through them. The airline rep also said they don’t usually care about middle initial but I couldn’t hold her to that. I’m freaking out! Any advice except buying a new, much more expensive, ticket to ensure I get to go on my vacation?

    • James Larounis · February 28, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Valerie. Generally, a wrong middle initial won’t amount to much concern – you more than likely will be okay, especially if the trip is solely within the United States. If your trip is international, there is a bit more cause for concern as your boarding pass and passport may be compared. In this case, they’re right – the only people that can fix it are the discounted travel site you purchased with. Have you tried Tweeting them to see if they respond there? Sometimes these companies have social media customer service agents that may be able to assist, although they may charge a fee for the correction if the mistake was your fault. Hope this helps!

  27. Hi,

    I have domestic flight with American Airlines for two with a connected flight with British Airlines to Barcelona. My question is I did not include my middle name when booking my flight and both passports has the middle names. Will they let us board? Please help

    • Christine Krzyszton · March 11, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Aaron. I have never used my middle name on any AA flights connecting to BA in Europe or beyond and have had no problem. You should be fine.

  28. Thanks Christine, I really thought it would be a problem flying from the US to Barcelona.

    • Christine Krzyszton · March 12, 2019 · Reply

      You are welcome, Aaron. However, I’m just giving you my opinion based on a couple dozen flights over the years where I have never put my middle name on my ticket and flew AA connecting with BA. Nothing is 100%.

      • Jo Ann Hill · May 28, 2019 · Reply

        Christine, does your passport include your middle name, but you don’t use it on your ticket? Or, does your passport just not include your middle name?
        On the California DL even though it shows FN (first name) both the first and middle names are included, so I am not certain what to include when flying and it asks for my first name. I’ve never seen a spot labeled “middle name” when purchasing an airline ticket. It always says it should match my ID, yet only asks for first name.

        • Christine Krzyszton · May 29, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Jo Ann. Yes, my passport includes my middle name. When I book a ticket, it does not normally ask for a middle name. The important issue here is that your secure flight data that is reported to the airline has your middle name. If you’ve booked a ticket previously with the airline, the correct information is already in their database or you could be asked to update it when checking in. This is one of the reasons it is not an issue in the majority of cases.

          • Jo Ann Hill · May 29, 2019

            Thanks Christine. Where is the secure flight data entered? My son is booking a flight to Canada and a middle name was not asked for. This is his first flight, so no previous info would be available.

          • Christine Krzyszton · May 29, 2019

            You can go online to the operating airline’s website and use your record locator or ticket number to access the itinerary. There will be an option that may be titled “passenger information”, “passenger profile”, etc. On Delta’s web site, for example, the section is titled “SECURE FLIGHT PASSENGER DATA & CONTACT INFORMATION”. Each airline titles it differently but the section is found under the manage my trip, my trips, or similar section. You may also want to establish a frequent flyer account so that the information will be permanently in the airline’s database. Your son can also earn miles for his trip.

  29. RAJENDRA JAIN · March 19, 2019 · Reply

    I have booked a ticket from Delhi to Doha and then onwards to Chicago (ORD) and then Columbus (CMH). The middle name as mentioned in the passport is not on the e-ticket. However while booking the tickets, only the first and last name were requested. Will there be any issues?

    • Stephen Au · March 19, 2019 · Reply

      Hey Rajendra,

      You should be fine. However, be sure to confirm with the airline. Thanks!

  30. Christina · March 26, 2019 · Reply

    Hi. Did you have any problem flying with China Eastern with no middle name?
    Because I have a flight next month and having the same issue.

    • Christine Krzyszton · March 26, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Christina. I have not personally flown with China Eastern but the consensus is that it will not be a problem. However, you can go to the China Eastern website, access your reservation and update the passenger information with your middle name if it is not already in there.

  31. Reservations for a vacation to Rome through a travel agency has left my husband and I in the same situation. Our tickets have our middle initial, but our passports have our middle name. I contacted the Air France…who basically said any name change would need to be done through our travel agency. The travel agent said that we would need to cancel our flights and rebook them. We have tons of things planned already in Rome and do not want to miss the, but we also do not want to pay the additional $350.00 per person she said it would cost to rebook. She also advised against it, because she was certain that we would not have a problem. We are going to risk it! My complaint here is that not one person has come back on here to comment about their outcome. I will make a point of doing so…just so others know how we made out. I have to believe they did not come back on…because they were just fine. Let you know after Easter. Happy Holiday Everyone!

    • Hey Pam – it’s always a sticky situation and unfortunately since there’s no set in stone rule people can “advise” you on the best plan of action but you never know.

      I’m on board with you in hoping that others haven’t come back to comment cause they haven’t had any serious issues. We look forward to your update and have our fingers crossed for a smooth trip!

      • Pamela K Connell · April 24, 2019 · Reply

        Bongiorno people. We are back from our trip and here are the results. We did not change our tickets (middle initial on tickets vs middle name on passport) and we did not have any problems. We traveled KLM Delta from Chicago to Amsterdam and then had a connecting flight to Rome. Then on our return flight we flew out of Rome on Air France, connecting in Paris, and then back to Chicago. However, I am not sure if it helped or not but I did do the precheck online ahead of time. Be careful to confirm the passport section for accuracy because it populated some information which did need to be adjusted to match the passport exactly. Hope this saves some people from some unnecessary worries that I could have done without. Lol. Ciao.

        • Thanks for checking back in without little community here Pamela – I know we have some readers that will really appreciate that!

    • Maricar · April 23, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Pam! How’s the holiday? I hope you and you’re family were able to enjoy your vacation without the hassle of rebooking nor paying $350 each. Waiting to hear from you…

      • Pamela K Connell · April 24, 2019 · Reply

        Hi Maricar, I just posted a response online but wasn’t sure if you would be notified or not…so end result: everything went smoothly. No issues. I just recommend doing the online precheck and make absolutely sure the populated information is correct under the passport section. I did have to adjust that part to match my passport exactly. Also, they say to print your boarding pass, so we did going there but could not when returning due to no printer access. They didn’t want our printed one when leaving bc they reprint them anyway. They never even asked for it when coming home. They printed them anyway.

        • Maricar · May 11, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Pam! I really appreciate your response, it lessens my stress. I am glad your boarding was all right and I’ll be sure to do the online booking.

  32. Kathryn · March 29, 2019 · Reply

    My Mother-in-law’s name is Kathleen (Kathy). My name is Kathryn (Kathy). I always book my flights using my full legal name, first, middle & hyphenated last name. That is a total of 33 letters plus hyphen and spaces. My driver’s license, passport & social security card all match. But I’m paused at TSA checkpoints because boarding pass can only show hyphenated last name and first letter K. They will ask me to step to the side until a supervisor can verify it.

    I hate to be the one to hold up a line of people in an airport. I learned I shouldn’t have spent a lot of time & money at a salon having my hair styled for a wedding prior to my flight as TSA scanned, patted down & wanded every plastic coated bobby pin on my head = hairstyle demolished. 🙁

  33. Hi, What about a one letter misspelling on a multiple airline plane ticket? I booked mine and have put “o” instead of “u”? I already contacted the third party agency and they told me they need to ask the airlines about this. Do you think I could get on board without the need of booking another plane ticket? It’s stressing me 🙁

    • Christine Krzyszton · April 8, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Nica. Sorry you are stressed about your ticket. I would go online to your reservation and pull up the passenger information on your ticket. If the secure passenger information is correct and it matches your government issued ID, you should be fine. If your secure passenger information is not correct and does not match your ID, you may be able to change the initial in your profile. If the secure passenger information is incorrect (doesn’t match your ID), and you are unable to change it, then work with the third party agency to correct the situation.

  34. Maricar · April 23, 2019 · Reply

    Hi! I booked through Cheapoair a round trip from Canada to Philippines via Westjet and Hong-Kong Airlines. Unfortunately I missed filling in the middle name section. Am I in trouble? In my passport I have my middle name but in my E-ticket only surname and first name. This would be a great vacation but it’s stressing me, please enlighten me. Thanks!

    • Christine Krzyszton · April 23, 2019 · Reply

      Hello Maricar. You can use your record locator number for your ticket, or ticket number, to access your reservation online with Westjet and with Hong Kong Airlines. Take a look at your passenger information and add your middle name if it is not there. It’s your secure passenger information with Westjet and Hong Kong Airlines that needs your middle name, not your reservation document.

    • Pamela K Connell · April 24, 2019 · Reply

      Maricar, I know you will worry until you are on the plane. My coworker went from Chicago to Ireland about a week before my trip to Italy. She was in the same situation with middle name/middle initial, but she did not have any issues. However, if you would like a little peice of mind from the airline itself…don’t call or email them. That is one on one and they may just default answer you that it should match…which is what I got from them. Then I read about posting on their Facebook community page. They responded very quickly.
      I stated that my ticket information contained my middle initial only, but my passport information contained my full middle name. I asked if I should be prepared for extra time needed to get through or if I would not be able to board my flight. Both airlines responded that it would be fine. I did make a screen shot of the inquiry and the response. I do think the most important part was doing online checkin ahead of time and confirming that you adjust the passport information as needed to match your passport exactly.

      • MAricar · May 11, 2019 · Reply

        Hi Pam! thanks for the information… my flight would be two weeks from now… I’ll come back here and give some updates regarding my boarding experience I hope everything will be all right! … thanks again and God bless!

        • Hi Maricar. I just want to ask what happened on your flight because I have the same situation as yours. I have my middle name on my passport but I don’t have my middle name in my ticket. Thank You.

  35. Deniz · May 3, 2019 · Reply

    Slightly URGENT.. I am leaving in a week. I am flying Turkish airlines and did not include the middle name for myself and children (all of our passports include middle names). Turkish airlines says i have to rebook the tickets and then they will refund me…however the process is taking almost a month to complete and I am wondering if i even need to go through all the trouble (and lose money in the process). Has anyone had this issue? Has anyone traveled recently without a middle name on their ticket?


    • Christine Krzyszton · May 3, 2019 · Reply

      Hello Deniz. If you have started the refund process I am not sure what your options are. However, you could try accessing your reservations online and see if you can enter the middle names if you haven’t started the refund process.

      • Deniz · May 3, 2019 · Reply

        Hi Christina,

        I started the process, but there was an error on their end, so it actually has not gone through. This means that I can potentially not go through with it. There is no way to enter the middle names online. With that being said, any advice? 🙂

        • Christine Krzyszton · May 3, 2019 · Reply

          This has to be your decision. You attempted to correct it and the airline had an error on their end. I do not know what information is in your secure passenger information. It could be fine to travel. If you decide not to do the refund and go to the airport, take a copy of any correspondence with you regarding your attempt to reissue. I am sorry I cannot provide advice more than that.

  36. Swapnil · May 6, 2019 · Reply

    I have booked a ticket from Mumbai to Bangkok via Thai Lion Airways and I did not mention my name. I have middle name on my passport. Will it be problem to me for traveling?

    • Christine Krzyszton · May 7, 2019 · Reply

      Hello Swapnil. Based on the experiences of others, chances are it will not be a problem. If you have the record locator or ticket number you can also go online to access your reservation and make sure your secure passenger data is correct.

  37. Alethia DuPont · May 16, 2019 · Reply

    Please assist,
    I bought tickets without middle names for my wedding. We are flying Royal Air Maroc and leaving in a week for France stopping in Casablanca. I’m panicked and they won’t allow me to update my info on the website or add middle names claiming it changes the ticket. Do you think there will be a problem?? I fly international all the time and I have never included my middle name.

    • Christine Krzyszton · May 16, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Alethia and congratulations on your upcoming wedding. As you may have noticed from the other comments, it generally is not a problem purchasing tickets and not putting in your middle name. When you check in for your flight, you may have the opportunity to add the middle names at that time but even if you don’t, it is unlikely it will be an issue.

  38. TAMIKAC · May 23, 2019 · Reply

    Hello Everyone!

    My mom recently booked with CheapOAir for a flight to Greece traveling with Norwegian she did not include her middle name or first last name as her ticket reads Fist Name and 2nd Last name only. Her passport and ID show her First Name, Middle Name, Maiden Name and Father Name. Her ticket only has her First name and Fathers Name on ticket. Has anyone ever had this issue? COA is trying to charge outrageous fees. Please advise traveling late July 2019.

    • Stephen Au · May 23, 2019 · Reply

      Please be advised that we are not an airline or airport authority. If her second last name and first name are the only things listed, you are in a bit of a predicament. It may be worth discussing with CheapOAir to change the names on the ticket. Thanks for reading.

  39. Hi!
    Has anyone had any experiences with AeroMexico? I have a flight from Toronto to Guatemala (stopover in Mexico) and didn’t include my middle name when I booked (and it is on my passport). Expedia called the airline for me and they said I should be fine but as a safe option I could cancel my flight and re-book ($1,200). Am I better to just wait and see what happens when I check in? Thank you for any advise!

    • Christine Krzyszton · June 21, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Sarah. I fly with Aeromexico all the time and never use my middle name. I just went into an existing reservation I have with them and there is no middle name on the reservation. It has never been a problem.

  40. CHARLENE · July 4, 2019 · Reply

    Hello, I recently purchase a domestic ticket with spirit airlines and my husband has two last names. I only added his paternal last name on his ticket and left out his maternal last name. Would that be an issue boarding? I called spirit and told me to fax them the password and they would fix it but is it really required?

    • Hi Charlene,

      Typically, if the boarding pass shows the first last name on your ID (paternal) then you should not have an issue. However, if Sprit is offering to correct it for you, then I would go ahead and do that to ensure there are no issues.

  41. maryellen · July 11, 2019 · Reply

    Flying international on Delta/KLM with no middle name on the ticket. However, it is on my passport. I haven’t seen any reference to how this airline handles the middle name scenario in this thread. I will do the Precheck and add appropriate information. Also my route has me departing from Boston. Does that matter?

    • Christine Krzyszton · July 11, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Maryellen. I fly frequently with Delta and KLM and have never used my middle name on the ticket and it is on my passport. You should have no problem regardless of your U.S. departure city.

  42. This is just an update to my original post (for those who might be in the same situation researching and feeling anxious to get an answer like me)

    We were able to board even if middle name is abbreviated in our tickets BUT the representative from Hong Kong Airlines called someone on her phone to I guess check with her supervisor. (Vancouver to Hong Kong) I was told that because in the ticket its abbreviated and passport is spelled out so she has to ask. She said it’s okay but next time make sure it matches. That didn’t happen when we were boarding from Winnipeg to Vancouver (WestJet airlines). I therefore conclude that it’s based on their discretion and Chinese airlines are more strict when it comes to the name match policy. I’m glad that the person checking is in a good mood!

    • Stephen Au · July 17, 2019 · Reply

      Hey Leza,

      Thanks for the datapoint and providing your feedback!

  43. Hello, I recently booked a flight for me and my girlfriend to Florida. We are departing to from our home town in South Carolina. The names on our tickets are an exact match from the names on our drivers license expect for the middle names. I accidentally put the middle initial and not the full middle names. Will this be an issue at any point in my traveling? It’s with American Airlines. To change it they are charging me an arm and a leg which I do not have. So, I’m hoping they will let this go. Any advice?

  44. I actually have the opposite problem . When I booked my plane ticket I used my first and middle name, but later realized that my actual passport only has my first and last name. I wonder if this will be a problem?

    • Hi Belle,

      I would call the airline you booked with and have them update your ticket information to your first and last name to avoid any potential issues.

      Thanks for reading!

  45. Corrina yeo · September 16, 2019 · Reply

    I have been trying to check on the status of an itinerary change of name because I forgot to add an extended part of my name. As a Chinese person, it is an extended name not really a last name but it apparently is considered. So I had keyed in my name as Corrina yeo. But on my passport is Corrina Yeo yating. The (yating) part was not included.
    First name: Corrina
    Last name: Yeo yating.
    Would it be that big of an issue or should I just stick to paying the cost for the changes?

    • Christine Krzyszton · September 16, 2019 · Reply

      Hello Corrina. I apologize but I do not know the difference between “not really a last name” and “an extended name” as it relates to proper travel documentation. This is a question that will need to be answered by the airline. Normally, a missing middle name is not an issue but your situation appears to be different. I cannot advise you on this. Since the change is in progress, you may have already been informed that it needs to be corrected by the airline and if that is the case, it may be best to continue with that process.

  46. I DID have an issue last year on a return flight from China, where they refused to issue my ticket. My first name and middle initial was on my ticket. It DID NOT PRECISELY MATCH MY PASSPORT. NO MORE DISCUSSION, NO MATCH, NO TICKET.
    Delta would not reissue for me. I had to call the travel agent and they had to reissue a new ticket. The new ticket had full middle name merged with my first name, and the Chinese were fine with the 2 merged names. But the characters had to match my passport. Y’all can take your chances and you might be OK. I learned my lesson sitting at Shenzhen airport.

  47. Pramod Kumar Varma · October 16, 2019 · Reply

    Hi. My name is Pramod Kumar Varma. I have purchased a ticket online ticket through Make my trip for November from Bahrain to Lucknow, India via Muscat Oman.
    I purchased the ticket on Air India and the return ticket on Oman Air.
    When I booked the ticket there was no field for my middle name. I put only first and last name and when I got the ticket the name is Pramod Varma but on my passport it is Pramod Kumar Varma.
    Can I travel with this ticket? Please let me know.

    • Christine Krzyszton · October 16, 2019 · Reply

      Hello Pramod. Based on the numerous datapoints, you should not have a problem traveling on the ticket.

  48. SIVAGAMA SIKAMANI · November 9, 2019 · Reply

    My passport and Nexus card have no middle name, but in our upcoming vacation trip to SFO from Toronto and back in AA, my daughter included my middle name and reserved. But she has entered TSA known traveler information and the number has been included in the reservation. Will that cause a problem? We still have 6 weeks to travel, can we change it? Just want peace of mind.

    • Christine Krzyszton · November 10, 2019 · Reply

      Hello Siva. Have you tried logging into your frequent flyer account, accessing your reservation, and removing the middle name from the traveler information area? Since you have a known travel #, you should be ok but if you can’t change it yourself and you want to feel more comfortable, you can contact AA.

  49. I just would like to ask, I booked my ticket with my first name (Dinkee), middle name (Barbara) and last name (Baniaga), however when I verified my ticket on the China Southern website it reads BarbaraBaniaga/Dinkee. Can I board my flight with this?

    • Hi Dinkee,

      I would say that you should be fine to board since all three names are present. It is not uncommon for airlines to ticket passengers with in the last name/first name format, and it seems they’ve just attached your middle name on. If it will ease your mind, I recommend you contact the China Southern customer service department directly and they can make any adjustments if need be.

      Thanks for reading!

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