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I booked a flight ticket through an external website. The ticket I received shows my last name as one word even though it's two words. (Instead of "Full Name" it says "Fullname"). Can this be a problem at check-in?

  • Extremely unlikely. In my experience names on tickets often have various liberties taken with them. For example, John Doe could become DOE, JOHNMR or even, formerly, DOE, JMR. – phoog Aug 16 '16 at 12:44
  • No problem at the counter with a real person (with a brain). Online checkin might_be problematic - I have that continuously as my company insists of gluing my middle initial to my first name when booking, but my passport not, so it doesn't _exactly match. – Aganju Aug 16 '16 at 12:51
  • My wife & I frequently end up with tickets for which my first name and middle name are concatenated like this. It's never been a problem so far. – Michael Seifert Aug 16 '16 at 13:24
  • Does it also say your names glued together when you try the "manage my booking" function on the airline web page? Quite often, this is just a display error on the "eticket". – DCTLib Aug 16 '16 at 13:27
  • My wife has has her middle name concatenated to either her first or last name on flight tickets and not had any issues boarding the flights. – brhans Aug 16 '16 at 14:53
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You're fine. I have a space in my last name, and it's probably 50/50 that the space makes it through on a ticket, list of participants in an event, insurance policy, or anything else in life. It's only on rare occasion (taking a standardized admissions test; receiving nuclear launch authorization) that the other party really cares about the name on their side precisely matching my legal name. For something like air travel, it's not an issue.

  • So tell me, how often have you received the nuclear launch authorization? *looking up the addresses of nearby nuclear bunkers* – Jan Aug 16 '16 at 22:47
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As far as I know, international air travel standards allow up to three errors in ticket's fields. Even if space removal counted as error, that's just one.

In practice, it seems pretty allowing, for example, I've flew with my first and last names swapped without problems.

UPD: I'm struggling to find any formal confirmations to my "three errors" factoid, unfortunately, so your mileage may vary. But there are confirmations that you may ask the airline to correct it, and if they refuse ask them to make a note on your ticket that such issue exists.

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    Any source to this claim. Looks very interesting. – chx Aug 16 '16 at 15:35
  • This is my personal experience as well, I flew internationally with three typos in my name. Funny how they sometime still get it wrong over the phone even with spelling and re-spelling again and again. – George Y. Aug 17 '16 at 1:35

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