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The danger of boarding pass photos

Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:41 am

Came across this article recently. It's astounding to see just how much information can be gained from a simple image posted to social media! Even having the barcode visible can be devastating! So a word of caution... don't post any pics of your boarding pass unless everything important is covered (and don't let your family do it either!).

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/boarding-pass-photo-experiment-that-should-make-every-traveller-nervous/news-story/be046e878c3866dd1bb9c5a1e81d3b37
 
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Re: The danger of boarding pass photos

Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:43 pm

It's amazing what people post without thinking. This following example isn't nearly as active as it used to be; I don't know if it's because the person re-tweeting everything has spent less time scouring Twitter, or if there are genuinely fewer of these tweets. I really hope some of them are posted in jest - but scrolling down for a while you see some that likely are real. https://twitter.com/NeedADebitCard

Or pictures of house keys (which can be re-created easily): https://twitter.com/search?f=images&ver ... y&src=typd
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Re: The danger of boarding pass photos

Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:03 pm

I've been amazed for many years how easily you can pull up a reservation on airline web sites. If I remember correctly, at Ryanair you can access a reservation if you know the passenger's last name and date of travel. Once you have access, you can see the whole itinerary, payment info and even cancel the flight with a few clicks.
Even if it's stupid to post a photo or throw the used boarding pass into a trash bin at the airport, I blame the airlines.
In my opinion, the ONLY way to access a reservation online is through a code that is sent to the email address or phone number used while booking.
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Re: The danger of boarding pass photos

Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:52 am

I can see the danger of posting images of itineraries and boarding passes before a flight occurs but a question: how long after a flight is the information retained and accessible through the web portal?

As the PNRs are recycled and attached to another customer, would not inputting a name and PNR some time after the flight result in a mismatch and error message?
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Re: The danger of boarding pass photos

Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:56 am

Other information, such as you FF number, is often in there. To me, someone knowing my FF# is only one level below knowing my credit card number.
 
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Re: The danger of boarding pass photos

Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:30 am

I used to visited uniTIED.com every once in a while. People used to post ticket numbers, phone numbers, PNR's and even credit card numbers. It was insane.
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