If you travel as much as I do and prefer to use the old “print your own” boarding passes, you may want to seriously reconsider it. I know I have.
According to this great article in MoneyTalksNews by Ari Cetron
, those boarding passes have a wealth of personal information hidden in the QR code — information that could be compromised by an identity thief.
In fact, there’s enough information in the code that a thief could change your account PIN and commandeer all your accumulated miles!
And what’s even scarier is they don’t even need your physically discarded boarding pass. Have you seen a friend or colleague post a picture of their boarding pass on Facebook, bragging about an upgrade? Yep, they can use that too!
So, the new cardinal rule for physical paper or cardstock boarding passes: Shred them like you do with all valuable documents. Or, as the article recommends, download your boarding passes to your mobile phone and don’t print them at all!