recently I had a booking and my name being so long, one thing lead to another and the operators had to make changes in the booking. That lead me to this question. I've also seen many posts all over travel forums about first name issues, middle name issues, name not matching the passport etc etc. This name issue is pretty mess to me all the time because my name overflows.
I kind of feel like putting too much weight on name match on flight tickets can be reduced if we can verify a person by just the passport number (Or travel document number) and cutting off name completely. I find couple of advantages for using a number without using names.
Passport/Travel document number is a
single unique key for every person. Customers need not to worry about filling multiple names and reduce errors. Names can be same for two customers. I know this is a small one but it will reduce usage of ink if the names are omitted on a ticket and only the passport number is printed.
Is there any legal aspect for this? Or is it a traditional thing coming along since the beginning of air travel and hard or too late to change?