My son's Kuwait Airways ticket from India to Italy has the wrong title: 'Ms' instead of 'Mr'. Contacting the airline, they have included a remark in their system to read 'Ms' as 'Mr'. However, as the ticket/boarding pass will still mention 'Ms', will this be an issue at the immigration counter at the airport?

  • What's the first name? Ms John Smith is an obvious mistake. Ms Sam Smith could be a man using a woman's ticket.
    – gnasher729
    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:35
  • Sons name is Sahil Ray
    – Dipti
    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:43
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    Seems to be an exclusive masculine name, so at least in India everyone will be 99.99% sure that "Ms" is a mistake.
    – gnasher729
    Apr 6, 2018 at 13:00
  • Relevant topic travel.stackexchange.com/questions/79701/…
    – kukis
    Apr 6, 2018 at 20:44
  • ... and then there's the possibility that someone identifies neither as MR nor MS or that the fact changes between booking and flying (though the latter case is typically also accompanied by a change of one's given name) Apr 7, 2018 at 10:01

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they have included a remark in their system to read 'Ms' as 'Mr'.

That's it then, don't worry. And checking for titles on a ticket is not the job of an immigration officer, it is the job of check-in staff and they will see a note by their office.

Many airlines do not allow any changes to names after a ticket has been issued but if you request them for such changes due to a mistake they indicate those in remarks for check-in staff. That's exactly what they did for you and that's good enough, don't worry.

I have made this mistake multiple times wih different airlines and those remarks have always helped. I've never been questioned about those.

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    "Checking <strike>for titles on </strike>a ticket is not the job of an immigration officer" - they don't look at the ticket at all. Apr 6, 2018 at 12:31
  • @MartinBonner Are you sure? I imagine an immigration officer might ask to see a return ticket?
    – gerrit
    Apr 6, 2018 at 13:45
  • @gerrit: I've never been asked to show one on entry to the USA. (I've only ever flown to Italy as an EU citizen). Apr 6, 2018 at 13:59
  • @MartinBonner Me neither — but I can imagine they might look at it if they are suspicious and take someone in for extra questioning.
    – gerrit
    Apr 6, 2018 at 14:55
  • Thanks. I was worried about how the immigration people may view the issue.
    – Dipti
    Apr 6, 2018 at 18:27

There is no issue with this on immigration counter as titles are optional everywhere.

You would note that your son's passport doesn't have a title or salutation, that should tell you how important it is to get this right.

I would be more worried about the transit through Kuwait. The airport is undergoing construction so I hope your son is able to find seating as the airport gets very crowded. A new temporary terminal and a new airport are both under construction.

Relax, and have a safe trip.

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    "Titles are optional everywhere" Someone needs to tell that to thousands of programmers writing Javascript to make sure you don't leave that blank on the web form.
    – WGroleau
    Apr 6, 2018 at 20:45

From personal experience, this absolutely didn't matter for me, when some airline a while ago (can't remember which one now, possibly Emirates or Egypt Air) issued a ticket to me with "Mrs" on it instead of "Mr". I contacted them at the time and they told me not to worry.

When I arrived at the airport, nobody even remotely bothered to check the title/salutation. The name match fully against my passport - and that was sufficient.

When you arrive at the passport or customs control, you don't need your boarding pass nor ticket, so this shouldn't matter again.


No problem. My wife travelled once on a " Mr" salutation. To Kuwait on a Kuwait airways flight from Cochin airport.

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