Why You Should Never Post a Photo of Your Boarding Pass on Social Media


a hand holding a remote control: Travel documents and boarding pass

© Laurence Dutton/Getty Images
Travel documents and boarding pass

Take a look at your boarding pass. Notice anything in particular? Probably just a bunch of numbers and letters that you have no idea what they mean.

All those numbers and letters on a boarding pass are there for a reason. Every little number group is there to give airlines data about you.

But how do you know if these numbers are secure from people you’d like to hide your personal information from? You might be shocked by the answer.

Video: Why it takes so long to get off the plane after it lands (Travel + Leisure)

According to Popular Mechanics, if you notice a six-digit code on your boarding pass, you might want to take some extra steps to protect your information.

Noam Rotem, a security researcher based in Israel, told Popular Mechanics that hackers can find any passenger’s passenger name record (PNR) using the six-digit codes printed on boarding passes and luggage tickets.

Granted, Noam was proving his theory on the online booking system Amadeus and not on any other popular booking sites. But the theory remains the same, no matter where you book.


You may also like:

Tourist numbers to the UK down while global figures continue to rise (The Guardian)

Scottish hotel owners told to learn Mandarin and provide Pot Noodles for Chinese tourists (The Independent)

British Airways to give plane 1960s-era makeover to celebrate centenary (Press Association)


“Just by guessing PNRs I was able to access personal data and change contact details of customers,” Rotem told Popular Mechanics. “This was confirmed by both El Al’s VP and the Amadeus team.”

Getting access to PNR codes would allow a hacker to do all kinds of things with your personal information, including stealing frequent flier miles, changing seats and meals, or even changing a customer’s email and phone number to cancel or change a flight reservation with customer service, according to Safety Detective.

Two tickets for airplane with passports

© Getty
Two tickets for airplane with passports

But it’s not just Amadeus customers that are vulnerable, according to Rotem. These outdated systems remain unprotected in today’s increasingly stronger and faster technology. Plus, some passengers unaware of the six-digit codes could be sharing photos of their boarding passes on social media, opening themselves up to identity theft, reported Popular Mechanics.

In the meantime, Amadeus has come up with a solution to the PNR glitch by adding “a Recovery PTR to prevent a malicious user from accessing travelers’ personal information,” but if you truly want to protect yourself, make sure you keep that six-digit code as secret and safe as you would your credit card or Social Security card number.

Gallery: Tunisia is the unsung jewel of North Africa (EasyVoyage)


Source link

اترك تعليقاً

لن يتم نشر عنوان بريدك الإلكتروني. الحقول الإلزامية مشار إليها بـ *