Celebrities do it. Your annoying jet-setting friends did it just last week. It’s the gravy of all the annoying #soblessed nomads you know on the internet.
But just because posting a photo of your first-class airline ticket is the best humble brag ever, doesn’t mean you should commit this privacy faux pas and wreck your next vacation, possibly becoming a victim of identity theft in the future as well.
That’s right. Public photos of your airline tickets is candy for hackers. Using airline boarding pass barcode reading websites, a stranger could pull all kinds of information like your fare class, flight time, full name and seat number.
“It may be pretty glamorous to have a picture of your boarding pass on social media,” says Daraius Dubash of Million Mile Secrets. But, “most people don’t realize that the one barcode has a lot of important information and it can be easily deciphered.”