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Fake Boarding Passes [Oct. 26th, 2006|04:34 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I've been waiting for somebody to do this....


"The TSA Emperor Has No Clothes" ... heh.

[User Picture]From: imgreen
2006-10-26 11:55 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: xaosenkosmos
2006-10-27 12:07 am (UTC)
Ain't it handy?

I've changed the "boarding group" i was in a few times, but that's it. I worry that they might be manually cross-checking the information at the gate.

It could be amusing to change one's seat to see what happens, but it's hard to know ahead of time which seats will contain cute girls...
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[User Picture]From: chrissmari
2006-10-27 01:37 am (UTC)
in my experience it wouldn't work..

anywhere i go they scan the pass at the gate and check id again.

but i mostly fly british air and usairways
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[User Picture]From: smitty1e
2006-10-27 02:35 am (UTC)
This may explain some of the seat mixups I've seen.
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[User Picture]From: crackmonkey
2006-10-27 03:07 am (UTC)

Boarding passes aren't for travellers

I think the misunderstanding here is that boarding passes are some sort of security token. They were never intended as such, and are used that way largely for show (as demonstrated here).

Boarding passes were created for the convenience of the airlines. I don't want this to be "ZOMG TIN FOIL HAT BRIGADE GO!" but the whole ticketing process is incredibly weak, and by the time you're at the airport, you have very few obstacles of actually getting on a plane, or getting your stuff on a plane.

Anyway, this is another example of how little we've done to "secure air travel", ultimately, but it's also the least likely point of attack on a system. You can still be verified against the GDS/CRS. It's just not expedient to do so, and rarely happens at the gate.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-10-27 09:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Follow up

Congressman is fucking stupid.
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2006-10-28 09:14 am (UTC)

Re: Follow up

At any rate, the site is giving a 404 now...
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[User Picture]From: dpb
2006-10-28 06:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Follow up

That is totally crazy! Silly politics!
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2006-10-29 12:46 am (UTC)
yeah- i've been meaning to do that for a long time...
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[User Picture]From: jtrevino
2006-10-29 01:23 am (UTC)

that didn't take long :(

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