While posting one’s boarding pass has long been a social media practice of some sort, it may do you more damage than good. Your boarding pass contains vital information that crooks can use to gain access to your credit card number, birthdate and more.
To further explain, there is a piece of important data hiding in your boarding pass that you often take for granted. Otherwise known as the PNR, the Passenger Name Record is your reservation code. Not only does it contain your route, but it also holds the price of your ticket, the credit card number used to pay for it, your date of birth and passport records, too.
What could go wrong?
If a hacker were to gain access to said flight information, they could do one or all of the following:
- Cancel your flight
- Change your seats
- Change your flight schedule
- Get your home address
- Acquire the location of your hotel in your destination
- Track your past and future flights
Lastly, whenever you post your boarding pass online, you are telling the world that you are not home – this may lead to it being burglarized. This may sound far-fetched, but there have been several cases of criminals finding out if a family is home or not online, and ransacking their house when they aren’t. So while it may be tempting to post a pic of your boarding pass online, avoid doing so as it is better to be safe than sorry.
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