I'm flying to Peru with my girlfriend next week and I realized that her name is incorrect on the reservation.
Instead of Sally Marie Jones it's Jones Marie Sally.
We're flying into Houston, then Lima, and in Lima we switch airlines for our flight to Cajamarca.
I booked the ticket with Orbitz who made the reservation with United. United booked the flight with LAN air, the Peruvian airline.
Both companies say that they are unable to change the name because of TSA restrictions not allowing a name change. I asked if I could just cancel and re-book, but United said they could not do this because there are multiple airlines involved.
A note has been attached to the reservation explaining the issue, and the United rep said that they would be able to print her boarding pass with the correct name. However, he said there are no guarantees that she'll be able to fly because although the boarding pass will be correct, the ticket will still have the reversed name.
I was prepared to just take the chance that it will all work out, seeing how it's really obvious the name is just backwards, but with recent events I'm worried that US airport security is going to be extra strict for the next little while.
Is this something I need to worry about, or are chances good that this will work out fine?
The United rep said there's a chance we could cancel the United flights and get a new ticket with the correct name for no cost, but we'd have to pay for new tickets within Peru ($500 out of the total $1300 ticket cost). I'd rather not do this unless there's a reasonable chance we'll have trouble at the airport.