I have booked tickets for my parents to visit Mauritius for a week and my mom's passport (given name is xxxx) doesn't have surname, so in the e-ticket form her name has been printed as "Mr xxxx". I have spoken to the travel agency and Air Mauritius, but didn't get any information regarding the issue.

Can anyone please tell me if there might be a problem boarding the flight?

I am very anxious right now since its their first international flight.

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    I would worry about printing a "Mr" for her more than her having only one name. May 1, 2016 at 13:56
  • Thats my worry too, since I didnt give any last name the system has randomly given her a name which is a title.
    – user43007
    May 1, 2016 at 14:31
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    It is not uncommon in certain contexts to use honorific titles with the first name, such as "Mr. Charles" and "Miss Nancy," etc. The use of titles in air tickets is fairly insignificant. I've been booked as CHAPLIN, CMR and CHAPLIN, CHARLESMR without incident (okay, I'm not Charlie Chaplin, but you get the idea). As long as the name XXXX appears in the passport and they don't get hung up on the fact that Mr has been used for a woman, she'll be fine.
    – phoog
    May 25, 2016 at 17:17

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Security checkers have a lot of discretion here. I've had my girlfriend board a flight where she was identified as "Mr. Vo", and I've had my name abbreviated to just a first initial. Both times I successfully boarded the plane. They care much more about a valid passport with a matching photo.

Especially if they're flying from India, where not having a surname is a common occurrence, I think they should be fine.

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