SJCRRPAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3694 times:
You'd think if someone went to all that trouble they would just check-in 24 hours early.
Here is the trick I hate..., sometimes you'll see scum with a "B" card get into the end of the "A" line. What happens is that to the Person taking the cards they look like the first "B" person instead of the last "A" person..., I've seen this trick a couple of times. Some people think they are so smart.
BlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3936 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3498 times:
This kind of trick has been around for ages and I'm frankly surprised that WN got caught by it, however briefly it may have been used to move up the boarding queue.
Initially, this trick was used against unsuspecting web sites that were storing the price of the items you were buying online as part of the web page itself. You'd save a page on your hard drive, change the price of your item and click on the Continue or Next (or whatever) button and upload your new price to the web site, and you'd be the proud owner of an MP3 player (there was no iPod back then) for $5.00. Now, all prices are stored in a database and web pages just contain references to the database instead.
Southwest can easily fix this, by making the boarding group letter a graphic image, rather than an actual character, for instance, and changing the web page code to force the image to be loaded from their web server. Not fool proof, again, but much more complicated to do at home.