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City Slicker

Middle name or initial

Earlier today, I booked domestic flights for my son and daughter-in-law.  I used only their middle initials, but on their US driver's license, they have their full middle name.  They are worried that this may cause difficulty with TSA at the airport.  I don't think so, but want to know if others have this sort of experience.  Any thoughts?

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Internationally Known

Re: Middle name or initial

They should be fine, which airline is this with? I believe there are only one or two airlines that make an issue if the middle name is not on the ticket. One of them was Wow Air, I forgot the other one.

Internationally Known

Re: Middle name or initial

Over the years I have done my name different ways on plane tickets with no issues.   Since we got our GE I’ve been using our entire name.   

City Slicker

Re: Middle name or initial

It is United airlnes.  I'm sure they'll be fine, but the daughter-in-law will lose sleep over it.  So, since I'm in the 24 hr cancellation window, I may cancel and rebook using entire name.  It seems like a waste of time, but if I can doit to avoid their angst, I'll do it. 

 

Thanks for the support, though. 

Internationally Known

Re: Middle name or initial

With United it is definitely not an issue. I don't even bother writing my middle name when I fly with them. I just flew with them literally two days ago without my middle name:) 

But ye, it shouldn't be too hard to cancel and rebook if she's still nervous. As long as the price is the same still;)

Good Luck!

City Slicker

Re: Middle name or initial

I was able to call United and they made the change, so all should be well.  Thanks for your response. 

Internationally Known

Re: Middle name or initial

OK to rebook if it will make them feel better. I don't use my middle name in booking tickets and I fly dozens of times a year. My middle name is on my passport and the initial is on my driver's license. The thing you do need to be careful about is to use legal names, not a nickname or preferred name, in booking. 

City Slicker

Re: Middle name or initial

thanks for all the replies.  Lost sleep averted!