In just a few days, the next phase of TSA’s Secure Flight initiative goes into effect, which streamlines the watchlist matching process and requires air travelers to give the government more information about themselves.

Travel experts have already begun warning their clients about the repercussions. But Heather Lorusso didn’t have to wait for a Secure Flight problem when she booked a flight on JAL through Expedia.

When booking a trip from Tokyo to Beijing, I made the mistake of entering my companion’s name as “Chris” instead of “Christopher.”

Understanding that it was I who made the mistake, I was willing pay extra in administration costs to get those six extra letters added to his name. Unfortunately, with cancellation fees and having to buy a whole new set of airplane tickets through a different company I’ve ended up losing more than $800.

Whoa. Eight hundred bucks?

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