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US air travel

Hi there,

I'm going on my first ever trip overseas from Australia to the US next week and just had a few questions to ask.

First of all I just wanted to ask a question regarding how the airlines have listed my name. Assuming my name is John Smith for instance, the airlines have my name listed as exactly this ''SMITH johnmr''. Now shouldn't they have it listed as Mr John Smith? I know this is probably just the normal way the airlines list names, but just wanted to make sure this is the case as I know my name has to exactly match my passport.

Also, I am flying domestically within the US. My first flight within America, is from LA to Memphis. This flight then connects in Atlanta. I was just wondering how this works with my baggage? At Atlanta do I collect it from baggage collection and re-check it in for the Memphis flight, or will they do this for me?

Finally, since I'm from Australia and flying domestically within the US, do I just need to present my passport at check-in for identification, or is there anymore documents I need to provide?

Sorry if I seem a little clueless, it's just this is my first time travelling overseas so I'm not an experienced traveller.

Thanks.

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1. Re: US air travel

Jase,

Will answer your questions as best I can...

I don't think the name thing is an issue - I think that's just how they've got you listed.

For your flight from LA to Memphis - are you on the same airline into and out of Atlanta? If so, they will check your bags all the way through - you won't have to pick it up until you get to Memphis.

All you will need for the domestic flights is your passport - you should not need any other documentation.

Have a fantastic trip!

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My first flight within America, is from LA to Memphis. This flight then connects in Atlanta. I was just wondering how this works with my baggage? At Atlanta do I collect it from baggage collection and re-check it in for the Memphis flight, or will they do this for me?

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If it is one ticket and the airlines have an interline agreement (despite what some might say here the majority of legacy carriers can interline luggage) then yes you should be able to check it at LAX and forget about it until Atlanta.

Presenting a passport for domestic US travel is perfectly acceptable. You'll need it at security too.

As for the name issue, presuming you booked online and put John in the first name box and Smith in the surname box you should be fine. On boarding passes it is always (at least in my experience) listed in 'Surname First name' format. This often goes for the email confirmations too.

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Oh, doncha just love flying into the American southeast? (They say if you die, your soul must connect through Atlanta.) Nothing like flying LA to Atlanta and then doubling back to Memphis.

Actually, you *should* be able to get Memphis tags on your bag in Oz. You must clear customs and claim your luggage in LA but there will be a connections conveyor for you to slap them back on.

I once flew from SF->Chicago->London->Cork City and checked my bags all the way through. When I checked them in SF the (very dumb-a-lina) girl said "oh, Cork, is that where cork comes from" ... I was afraid my bags would end up in Portugal but, no!, they were one of first out. Miracles do happen.

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Name thing should be fine.

United lists my name this way.. Smith, John QMr

Q being middle initial.

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u should also have a copy of your e ticket receipts (for all flights) as sometimes immigration want to see that when u r leaving the usa and they are handy to have if u need to discuss an aspect of your itinerary domestically. also have the credit card u paid for the flights with.

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