Social Media Outlets Warn, “Stop Printing Out Your Boarding Pass.” This Is What They Really Mean

A couple of online entities have recently posted warnings about printing out your boarding pass, as opposed to using electronic methods. I read the articles because although Joe prefers to have his boarding pass on his phone, I am still very much on team Print It Out And Have A Hard Copy With You. Anyway, in reading the posts, I discovered something very interesting…

It turns out the issue isn’t really whether or not you print out your boarding pass. It’s what you do with your boarding pass after you’re done with it.

Forbes recently wrote that if you leave your boarding pass on the plane, or throw it out in the garbage can of your hotel room later on, you’re at risk for someone taking it. If whoever takes it has the right know how, they could easily hack into your account. After all, it really doesn’t take a whole lot of knowledge to learn what all those letters and numbers on your boarding pass mean. That’s why we warned people quite a while ago why they should hold onto their boarding pass until they can dispose of it properly.

While we’re talking about boarding pass safety, remember that  you also should never take a photo of your boarding pass and post it online. Whether it’s on Facebook, Instagram, a blog or whatever, you don’t want to put it out there where the whole world can potentially see it. We have more info about that if you click here.

One other thing recommended in the Forbes article that I 100% agree with is to have two factor authentication (2FA) set up on your frequent flyer account(s). That way even if a hacker has your name and figured out your password (or how to bypass it), you’ll still have to be contacted, oftentimes by typing a code that’s sent to your cell phone, before anything can be done to/with your account.

So yeah – print your boarding pass if you want. I know I still will (probably much to Joe’s chagrin). It’s just what you do with the hard copy when you’re done with it that you have to be concerned about. That’s what those social media outlets really mean.

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4 thoughts on “Social Media Outlets Warn, “Stop Printing Out Your Boarding Pass.” This Is What They Really Mean”

  1. Any idea if there’s a danger in disposing of your checked luggage stickers with the bar code on them in any random trash?

    1. I don’t know; I wasn’t looking for that during my research. Hypothetically, if it has your name on it, I’d dispose of it properly. I don’t know about when it’s just that small sticker with just a bar code.

  2. Like you, I prefer to print my Boarding Pass prior to arrival at the airport. More often than not, the airline employee still prints out a boarding card. I hold on to any document given to me by the airline, including the checked baggage tags, place them in one of my bags in a Ziploc, and upon return, shred at my office. Too easy for hackers and identity theft thieves to glob on to your personal information and use it for who knows what. Stay safe!

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