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What’s in a Boarding Pass Barcode? Why You Should Never Throw One Away!

Once you use a boarding pass to board the plane, no need to worry about your boarding pass, right? Some leave it in the seat pocket in front of them on the plane, others stuff it into their carry-on bag and some throw it out as soon as they get into the terminal. Before tossing them, some travelers even take pictures of their boarding pass and post to Facebook or Twitter to document their trip. You may think that your boarding pass is “just a ticket” but did you know that if it gets into the hands of the wrong person, it can cause you a lot of trouble?

The barcode on your boarding pass contains a ton of personal information. Anyone can decode one of these barcodes online with the click of a button, giving them immediate access to your name, home address, email address, future travel plans, frequent flyer numbers and more. Using this information, someone can easily change or cancel your travel plans or even worse, steal your identity.

So, how can you protect yourself? Start by making sure the barcode is completely covered if you decide to post a picture on social media. While you are traveling, keep your boarding pass in a safe spot so that no one can grab it or snap a quick picture of it. After the trip is over, the safest way to get rid of your boarding pass is to shred it.

By following these simple tips, you can keep yourself and your family safe during and after your next trip!

Does this information surprise you? Do you have any other boarding pass safety tips to share?

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