No Luck O' the Irish at O'Hare

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Nov 5, 2009  |  Updated 11:00 PM CDT
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Having a hyphen or an apostrophe in your name could spell trouble the next time you go to board a plane. Good luck if you're Irish.

The Transportation Security Administration will soon insist that boaring passes and official identification match exactly, punctuation and all.

It's not the humans being strict, it's the computers. They apparently don't recognize the characters.

Even Edward O'Hare, the United States Navy aviator for whom Chicago's bigger airport is named, wouldn't be able to fly if his documents didn't match.

The TSA says the program, which is part for the Secure Flight initiative, is expected to be fully operational in 2010.

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