I thought perhaps this would be easily fixable -- you know, tell them the mistake, they put my name in right, everything is good to go! But no. The person tells me that I simply will have to not take that flight because they entered my name wrong. Seriously!:
Me: Wait, so you're saying that because your representative spelled my name wrong I won't be able to fly?
My IP Relay: that is correct
This, though, is not actually what prompted writing this post. Sometimes airlines have really dumb policies -- sometimes it isn't even their policies but anti-terrorism whatevers -- so while this was frustrating, it was not the height of the ridiculousness. (Though, in this case, it wasn't policy, it was just a bad representative -- I got the problem fixed in approximately two seconds when I talked to her supervisor about it. All she had to do was CHANGE MY NAME in the computer. Go figure.)
The best part of the whole conversation with this representative was what happened directly after she told me that I wouldn't be allowed to fly on the flight I bought because they wrote my name wrong.
I'm flying with my ferret, see, and so I had to notify the airline about that when I bought the ticket to make sure I got all the correct permissions to bring her as carry-on and whatnot -- the best part of the conversation was right after the representative told me I wasn't allowed to fly, she hastened to assure me that, don't worry, everything was still worked out just fine for the ferret to travel on that flight! Loki will still be able to travel on the plane just like I'd arranged, I'd just have to find a new flight.
I tried to picture my ferret getting herself through security on her own and it brought up amusing imagery. I'm a doting owner and all, but clearly the rep had a higher estimation of her intelligence than even I do.