How to Book a Flight Without a Last Name | Online Travel

Most airlines require customers to input their full name, first and last, when booking flights online. If you don’t include your complete name, you most likely won’t be able to book a ticket. Many people don’t know this, but airlines ALWAYS request your full name when trying to book tickets or check in because they need confirmation of who you are. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through how to book a flight online if you don’t have a last name.

What should you do if the last name field on your passport is empty? 

If the last name field on your passport is empty, the first thing you should do is contact the nearest passport office or your country’s embassy/consulate as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, they may be able to issue you a new passport with the correct information. In some cases, they may also be able to issue you a limited-validity passport, which can be used for travel until you are able to obtain a full-fledged passport. In either case, it is important to act quickly, as delays in getting your passport corrected could result in missed flights or other travel disruptions.

However, if you happen to be from a place where it is common not to have a second name, there are some simple steps that you can take to ensure that you are able to travel without any problems. 

  • It is important to realize that entering ‘LNU’ (Last Name Unknown) or leaving the last name field blank will not be accepted by airlines. If you do not have the last name on your identity card or passport, you should instead write ‘FNU’ (First Name Unknown). 
  • You can also put (MRS/MR/MS) instead of the first name and enter your complete name in the Last Name section. 
  • Plus, you can also enter all your given name(s) in the Last Name field, leaving the given name field clear. Try not to enter “Not material” or “NA.”


If your given name is Aqif Imtiaz Mukadam, like me, and you don’t have a second name, then you should enter ‘Mr.’ as an ‘FNU’ in the first name field and ‘Aqif Imtiaz Mukadam’ in the last name field. It will look like “Aqif Imtiaz Mukadam/MR” or “Aqif Imtiaz Mukadam/FNU”. 

Make sure you don’t enter LNU (Last Name Unknown) in the Last name box and Aqif Imtiaz Mukadam in the first name box. It will end up looking like LNU/Aqif Imtiaz Mukadam, Mr., which is not correct.

If this still doesn’t work, don’t worry; try calling the airline or online travel website contact center and ask for their assistance. It is also essential to ensure that your passport and booking confirmation must contain the same information. Any discrepancies between the two can lead to potential problems with security clearance at the airport. 

A passport is an Important Part of Any Traveler’s Documentation.

In many countries, having an incorrect or incomplete name on your passport can lead to delays and other issues during your travels. To understand why having the last name on your passport is so important, let us first take a look at what a passport actually is. A passport is an official travel document issued by a country’s government that identifies the bearer as a citizen or national of that particular country. 

It grants the holder permission to enter and leave other countries in accordance with international law. A passport also serves as a form of identification when you are traveling abroad, as it contains personal information such as 

  • Name
  • Date of birth 
  • Photograph

This is one of the most crucial pieces of information in your passport. It serves as an identifier for you when going through immigration and customs clearance in other countries. Without the last name, it can be difficult for officials to confirm that you are who you say you are. This can lead to delays and other issues, so it is important that your passport is accurate with the particular rules.

Having the last name on your passport is also important when applying for visas or other documents. Many countries will hesitate to issue visas or other documents to travelers without a last name on their passports, so it is important to properly check your passport and other identification documents before applying for any visa.


Before booking your flight or applying for visas, double-check that all the information in your passport is correct to avoid any issues. If you don’t have a second name, be sure to follow the tips provided earlier in this article. Wishing you smooth travels!

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