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Woman With Middle Name Isis Prevented From Booking Flights

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | December 31, 2015

Woman With Middle Name Isis Prevented From Booking Flights

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Up until a few years ago, Rani Lake’s full name carried little meaning to those not acquainted with the study of Egyptian and Greek mythology.

The woman Lake was named after was described by Encyclopedia Brittanica as being “one of the most important goddesses of ancient Egypt. Her name is the Greek form of an ancient Egyptian word for ‘throne.’ (She) was initially an obscure goddess who lacked her own dedicated temples, but she grew in importance as the dynastic age progressed, until she became one of the most important deities of ancient Egypt. Her cult subsequently spread throughout the Roman Empire.”

Now, that name that was so beautiful is giving her trouble even booking an airline flight.

Her full name?

Rani Isis Lake.

Lake, from Kent, England, says she can’t book a flight any longer and fears it’s because of her middle name, which is written in full on her passport and is now known worldwide as the acronym for the terrorist group, according to the British paper The Sun.

Lake said she first noticed the issue when she tried to book a flight between Toronto and Vancouver as part of a year-long volunteer trip to Canada.

"It's so unfair. I hope it's not discrimination but it's too suspicious,” she told the paper. “Now I'm worried what will happen when I go through the airport."

Lake tried booking the flight with three online travel agencies – Expedia, and CheapOair. Expedia told her there were technical problems and could not take the booking; and CheapOair told her that the airline, Sunwing, had cancelled the booking at her request.

Lake said she made no such request.

“The reason for the cancellation is that the airline itself has simply canceled the booking for that flight,” a Lastminute spokesperson told The Daily Mirror in London. "We as an agent are subject to airlines' cancellation policies and pass these onto customers as relevant, as in this instance. We can also confirm that at we do not cancel bookings due to that particular first name."

CheapOair said that Lake’s name was not a factor in the cancellation.

"CheapOair understands that the cancellation was as a result of Sunwing Airlines not accepting a booking made by an international agent,” a spokesperson said.

But a Sunwing spokesperson said “We can confirm that we have never canceled a flight for this customer.”

All of which has left Lake feeling “a bit incensed. It's completely ridiculous and completely unfair,” she told The Sun. "I don't want to change my name and I shouldn't have to.”

Lake was able to complete a booking using just her first name, Rani.


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