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Paper or digital? That’s today’s question. Well, for your boarding pass it is. Most airlines offer an app that you can load on your smartphone and get your boarding pass on. But should you? Why not get a paper boarding pass? Well, there are some security reasons to keep the boarding pass on your smartphone\smart device.
All boarding passes have a scanner bar code - that’s how they scan you in the plane. But did you realize that there is a lot of information that is associated with that bar code? Did you realize that if you are a frequent flyer account holder that the barcode can hold your email address, phone number, and more?
So why should you care? Well, did you know that a hacker can get a barcode scanner and get all of your information? Not only can they get that information, but they can also get other information as well. When you sign up for your frequent flyer account, there are security questions that you are asked. How many accounts do you have this answer?
Mother’s Maiden Name? Or What city were you born in? Think about it, how easy is it to get that information and access even more of your accounts.
So, what are some ways to keep yourself safe if you do have a paper boarding pass? NEVER EVER leave them on the plane. You know, how many times have you flown and seen an old boarding pass in the pocket in the seat in front of you, or on the floor at the airport? You should always take the boarding pass as securely as you do your passport or your driver’s license. Once you get home, shred your boarding pass. This way no one can get it.
For those of you, who like me love social media - DO NOT TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR BOARDING PASS! Yes, you can take a picture of you, but not the boarding pass. You never know who will see your social media post and they can scan the bar code and get all of your information. If someone wants to hack you they could actually go in and change your flights or steal your information.
It’s always safest to have it on your smartphone, but if you do have paper, always remember that your boarding pass is as important as your passport. And when you are done with it, shred it for your own safety.