The machine readable part of my passport used to give my last name and my middle name only. Now it gives my last name and my first name only. (This is due to change in regulations when I got a new passport. Both names appear in my passport. However, I have never used my first name.)


Name: Edgar Allan Poe


Name: Edgar Allan Poe

Can I book my ticket only with my middle name (as Allan Poe) to make an international flight?

I usually book via my frequent flyer profile, which I set up for Allan Poe. (The name can't easily be changed in the profile and I prefer to travel on my middle name.)

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    Why do you think the machine readable part even matters?
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 14:21
  • It is probably what allowed me to check in with my middle name without any problems. The scanned name agrees with the name on the ticket. Now this would be no longer the case. My question is whether this matters or not.
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 14:23
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    Where do you plan on scanning your passport? You can usually check-in online without scanning anything.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 14:26
  • When I drop off my baggage the airline usually scans my passport. Will they complain that my name isn't what it says on my passport? Or do they only require that some given name on my passport match the first name on the ticket?
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 14:29
  • But your passport still has the other name printed on, right?
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Mar 29, 2017 at 14:30

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Even though the gate agents usually scan your passport to get your details quickly, they can also take a look at the document itself if there's an inconsistency. Therefore you don't need to worry - just fly as usual.

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