Why You Shouldn't Post A Picture Of Your Airline Ticket Online

January 25, 2019

After months and months of planning, dreaming and waiting, your incredible vacation is about to begin. Many people take selfies and post them on social media in celebration (and to make us feel a little jealous), but be careful if you are flying, not to include your airplane ticket and boarding pass. While you may wonder what the harm is in including the "golden ticket" to exotic and far off locations, a security expert says outdated airline computer system is a 24-hour, all-you-can-eat buffet of personal data for criminals.  All airlines use a six-digit number known as the PNR (passenger name record) when making your flight reservation. This number consolidates a bunch of information and was designed to make travel faster and easier. That number grants the airline access to your name, phone number, itinerary, baggage information, form of payment and even where you are sitting! A hacker could 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. Passengers unaware of PNR codes could be sharing photos of their boarding passes on social media, opening themselves up to identity theft.  The good news is that airline reservation systems are aware of the outdated and security-flawed PNR and are taking steps to prevent identity theft. However adding another layer of protect for yourself could be as simple as positing that traveling selfie without including your airline ticket or boarding pass.

SOURCE: Travel + Leisure

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