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Travel Advisory

Beware: In the infinite lack of wisdom of the TSA, you will shortly be required to ensure that your passport or license name matches EXACTLY your ticket name. If your ticket says, “John A. Adams” and the ID says “John Adams,” you will be detained and maybe miss your flight. Australia already does this with visas, but at least you’re already in the country.

Bureaucracies have a way of perpetuating themselves by increasing input, not output, so this kind of nonsense isn’t going away unless the politicians are inconvenienced by it. Look at your ID, and then make sure the airline uses that exact name on your ticket. And be prepared for delays caused by people who haven’t done that and start protesting to the deaf ears of our watchdogs, in between strip searches.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 2

  • Andrew

    May 17, 2009

    Alan, you’re right about Australia. This ridiculousness became so extreme that last year, I was compelled to change my name legally, just so all of my documentation matched. Prior to this I was prevented from boarding planes and, on one occasion from transferring money from one bank account to another, despite being a signatory to both! Sigh. Cheers, Andrew

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