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# 248368 22-Mar-2019 17:44
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Hello,

 

I've inadvertently booked a flight using my shortened name Joe instead of Joseph which is on my passport. Do i need to get this changed or can i go ahead?

 

Any help much appreciated.





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  # 2203507 22-Mar-2019 17:44
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Allow me to introduce you folks to our new travel community: TravelTalk NZ.

 

We hope to see you there!

 





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  # 2203523 22-Mar-2019 17:51
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Where are you flying from - to ?

 
 
 
 




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  # 2203524 22-Mar-2019 17:53
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Linux: Where are you flying from - to ?

 

Wellington to Sydney return





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  # 2203529 22-Mar-2019 18:01
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I was in Fiji last October and started talking to an sad Aussie guy who told me he had inadvertently mixed up his son's first and middle names on the ticket at purchase - and when they got to the airport months later he was refused at check in. He ended up having to buy a whole new ticket in the correct name - and the only ones available were business class - so double whammo. 

 

Not saying this applies to your situation but I'd get it all lined up and matching if I were you. Airlines deliberately overbook I believe so you don't want to be shelling out like the Aussie guy had to... What could he do? he told me, it was his son and the whole family were going on holiday. 😢




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  # 2203530 22-Mar-2019 18:03
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ShiroHagen:

 

I was in Fiji last October and started talking to an sad Aussie guy who told me he had inadvertently mixed up his son's first and middle names on the ticket at purchase - and when they got to the airport months later he was refused at check in. He ended up having to buy a whole new ticket in the correct name - and the only ones available were business class - so double whammo. 

 

Not saying this applies to your situation but I'd get it all lined up and matching if I were you. Airlines deliberately overbook I believe so you don't want to be shelling out like the Aussie guy had to... What could he do? he told me, it was his son and the whole family were going on holiday. 😢

 

 

Crikey definitely don't want that, thanks for the heads up.





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  # 2203531 22-Mar-2019 18:06
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I've had a similar issue in the past - a quick call to the airline involved sorted it out.


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  # 2203532 22-Mar-2019 18:06
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I would get it sorted before going

 
 
 
 


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  # 2203536 22-Mar-2019 18:14
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Hello,

 

I've inadvertently booked a flight using my shortened name Joe instead of Joseph which is on my passport. Do i need to get this changed or can i go ahead?

 

 

Yes you need to change your ticket.
Airlines are under firm direction from governments to be completely inflexible on this, the name on the ticket must exactly correspond to the name in the passport.

 

I suspect this is to facilitate the automatic passenger-vetting systems

 

 




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  # 2203540 22-Mar-2019 18:24
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Thank you all for your help. Just got off the phone with the airline, all sorted with no charge. Gee that was close.





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Far easier when flying domestically in NZ.  Joe Bloggs could use Bill Smith's ticket & it's highly unlikely anyone at the airline or aviation security will question it.  I even saw people on an internal company message board advertising domestic tickets that they could not use because of some reason.  Fly the friendly skies in NZ.


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  # 2203627 22-Mar-2019 21:21
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I have all sorts of problems with checkin because of a hyphen that I cant book tickets with. So I expect dramas with something like that.





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amiga500:

Far easier when flying domestically in NZ.  Joe Bloggs could use Bill Smith's ticket & it's highly unlikely anyone at the airline or aviation security will question it.  I even saw people on an internal company message board advertising domestic tickets that they could not use because of some reason.  Fly the friendly skies in NZ.


Aviation Security don't see boarding passes, in fact regional flights aren't even screened. What sort of questions are they likely to be able to ask?

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Far easier when flying domestically in NZ.  Joe Bloggs could use Bill Smith's ticket & it's highly unlikely anyone at the airline or aviation security will question it.  I even saw people on an internal company message board advertising domestic tickets that they could not use because of some reason.  Fly the friendly skies in NZ.

 


Aviation Security don't see boarding passes, in fact regional flights aren't even screened. What sort of questions are they likely to be able to ask?

 

Just pointing out that while people are not supposed to board a plane with a ticket in another person's name in practice it's not checked.  So in theory, the person with mental health problems that caused havoc on the small plane from Blenheim to Christchurch,  could get on another plane without too many problems, especially at one of our smaller airports.

 

( This woman boarded the plane, I think it was a Beechcraft 1900, and then produced a knife.)


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richms: I have all sorts of problems with checkin because of a hyphen that I cant book tickets with. So I expect dramas with something like that.

Interesting; never once had problems with my hyphenated surname, and we've flown to a lot of places overseas; including between overseas destinations and non-latin character set countries.

Maybe I'm lucky.

Although I seem to attract the 'random' extra security/drug/bomb/patdown screening on a regular basis - I must look shifty...

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richms: I have all sorts of problems with checkin because of a hyphen that I cant book tickets with. So I expect dramas with something like that.

Interesting; never once had problems with my hyphenated surname, and we've flown to a lot of places overseas; including between overseas destinations and non-latin character set countries.

Maybe I'm lucky.

Although I seem to attract the 'random' extra security/drug/bomb/patdown screening on a regular basis - I must look shifty...

 

I get that too!   I guess that males travelling with a family are a lower level of threat, plus security don't want to risk temper tantrums from three and four year old kids while strollers and bears are checked.


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