Theo was born at the end of August 2016 and at six months old he’s already flown 16 flight segments and just under 20,000 miles. (Theo took his 1st flight at 7 weeks old.)
On every flight Theo has flown as a lap baby. When you fly to an international destination, lap baby tickets have a fee. If you’re flying domestic, you won’t have to pay anything extra but the baby will still need a ticket.
During a recent trip to Ireland we had a lot of problems adding Theo as a lap baby. Find out how Theo’s lap baby ticket cost over $350 and that was in coach!
Over this past weekend, we flew to Buffalo for a very quick visit. I added Theo on as a lap baby around a month back and didn’t think much of it since then.
When we showed up at JFK airport, we headed to a kiosk to print our tickets. It was really nice that the lap baby showed up on the screen with Kim’s confirmation number.
While pulling up our tickets we noticed something really odd. Kim’s ticket was showing up along with an infant ticket for Phel W.
My first thought was to laugh. I then wondered who Phel was! Does Theo sound anything like Phel? I think not. (Kim’s guess is that when adding him on the ticket, the agent must have heard P for T and L for O.)
Kim asked if we should say something and have the name changed. I immediately said no! It didn’t make sense to waste our time! It’s not like an ID is needed for anyone under the age of 18 on a domestic flight.
I also found it quite humorous.
During the next day or two, I called Theo his JetBlue name, “Phel” multiple times. I also mentioned that it was funny that this situation took place on the way to BuPhelo. Get it, Buffalo? Or maybe the agent thought we were big Dr. Phel fans! (Yeah, bad jokes, I know…)
While going through security at Buffalo Niagara Airport I was holding Theo. The friendly TSA agent says this must be Phel (pronounced it like fell). She then mentioned it was nice how the ticket said infant on it!
So there you have it. It doesn’t really matter what name is put on a lap baby ticket or the ticket of anyone under the age of 18 on a domestic flight. It isn’t like the TSA agent is going to ask for their ID.