Here's the Frightening Reason Why You Should Never Throw Away Your Boarding Pass

| JAN 19, 2016 | 9:16 PM
Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. Aircraft At Hong Kong Airport

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After landing, most travelers usually throw away their boarding pass print-outs, or even leave them stuffed in the seat pocket in front of them.

Flight's over — who needs the flimsy document?

But many security experts say: not so fast.

Image Credit: Getty/Anadolu Agency
Getty/Anadolu Agency

Reports show that boarding passes contain personal information that can lead to serious identity theft.

The bar code on your ticket alone, if hacked, can reveal:

  • Your name
  • Phone number
  • Email id
  • Personal address
  • Frequent flier number
  • Flight information

For optimal security while traveling, hold onto your boarding pass and shred it when you get home.

Or, have your airline email or text you a boarding pass so you can go through security with an electronic version.

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