It may seem like a harmless way to boast of an upcoming trip, but if you share a photo of your boarding pass on social media you might be telling people – friends and strangers alike – a lot more than just your next travel destination.
Skyscanner Australia has tested this method with our own boarding pass, and although it doesn’t seem to work every time, it is possible to find out more than you might imagine. To make sure you travel safe, leave your boasting to a minimum.
Pretty much all the information you’ve given the airline can be found either directly from your ticket or simply by using the information given to log in to check on your booking. Your name, address, date of birth, phone number and passport number – all of which would be very handy for a scammer to get hold of – can be revealed.
While you may trust your Facebook friends with your life, and your closest ones may already know all your pertinent details, you have to consider that security settings on many sites (especially the likes of Instagram and Twitter) are usually set so that the whole world can what you’ve posted.