Even if you’re a seasoned traveler, there’s a good chance that you don’t know that you should NEVER post pictures of your boarding pass on social media. Here is why.
We know that when we’re leaving on vacation, we’re all veryexcited and that’s normal (and even moreso if you’ve found a half price deal on your flight on our deal page)!
The reflex that many of us have of taking a picture of our boarding pass and posting it on social media is definitely one to avoid. It’s also applicable to people that leave their tickets in the back of the airplane seat in front of them at the end of the flight, or that simply discard them anywhere. Even once the flight is over, it should be avoided to make sure you do not jeopardize your return flight… or even worse.
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Here is why you shouldn’t let anyone see your boarding pass
The main reason is confidentiality. Your boarding pass reveals a lot of things that could, in the hands of a resourceful person, could cause a lot of damage.
Your boarding pass has your confirmation number that each company issues when you buy your tickets. That, combined with your full name (also shown on it), is enough for some people could access your online account on the airline website.
Depending on the airline, it’s possible that all they could do with that information is change your seat for your return flight. That wouldn’t be so bad.
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But in the worst case, they could be able to have your return flight (or even future flights) canceled with that information. That’s sometimes all they need to access all the functionality of many airline websites.
Even worse, if you’re a member of their loyalty program (which you should be) your member number will also be on the boarding pass which could compromise all those hard-earned points and miles.
Yes, with all the information from your boarding pass and a quick search on social media and the web, it’s possible to reset your password and spend all those points.
But if you didn’t know that, you’re not alone. There are more than 90,000 pictures on Instagram that are shared with the hashtag #boardingpass!
Your boarding pass also has a barcode
According to KebsOnSecurity, a specialized website that first warned traveled not to share this information on social media, this code contain a lot of information.
Here’s an example shown on their site of all the data obtained using a simple barcode scanner freely available on the internet.
The expert they contracted took the Star Alliance number and the name of the passenger then log in Lufthansa’s (the German airline) website. In addition to gaining access to the passenger complete flight history, he was also able to access all the future flight and cancel them right there. That could cause major problems for the passenger!
Other companies use the passenger’s member number as their login to access their online account… and this number is printed on the boarding pass…
You probably shouldn’t be too scared or panicked here as it’s still very unlikely that anyone would use the information. But, in the unlikely event that someone did use the information to cancel your flight, that would probably cause major problems for you! Don’t forget that airline companies do not usually have very good policies regarding flight cancellation (more on that in an upcoming article), so that would be quite puzzling.
So, you shouldn’t take any chance, and simply don’t post any picture of your boarding pass online. Much easier!
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