Woman named Isis says she can’t book flights

Woman named Isis says she can’t book flights

Airlines claim travel plans for a Ms. Lake canceled due to technical issues, not her moniker

Lee Gancman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo of an Arkia airplane at Ben Gurion International Airport (photo credit: Flash90)
Illustrative photo of an Arkia airplane at Ben Gurion International Airport (photo credit: Flash90)

A UK woman who goes by the name of Isis says she has been denied booking by several flight companies due to her name’s resemblance to one of the acronyms for the terror group Islamic State.

Rani Isis Lake, 29, from the southeast region of Kent, is supposed to be participating in a year-long volunteering project in Canada next year but has had her domestic flight between Toronto and Vancouver repeatedly canceled, she told the Daily Mail.

Although Isis is actually her middle name, Lake usually goes by that name and uses it to book her flights, including the ones that she said were canceled by Expedia, Lastminute.com and CheapOair successively.

She said she was named Isis after the Egyptian goddess.

Lake told the British paper: “I don’t want to change my name and I shouldn’t have to.”

All three booking companies denied that the cancellations were due to her name, instead citing various technical difficulties and policy issues.

A spokesperson for Lastminute.com said, “The reason for the cancellation is that the airline itself has simply cancelled the booking for that flight.”

The spokesman also stressed “that at lastminute.com we do not cancel bookings due to that particular first name.”

In the end, her mother successfully booked Lake a flight under her real first name of Rami.

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