Delta Boarding Pass security issues...

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  1. Switch2

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  2. Wandering Aramean
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    A relatively minor issue considering how many people just drop BPs in the trash or leave them on seats anyways. The claims that one could forge a mobile BP and get through security with it probably didn't consider the reality which is that the mobile BPs are digitally signed by the airlines so rather harder to forge than is suggested.
     
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    And if they weren't digitally signed...could forge them many other ways. Or just buy a refundable ticket.
     
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    Refundable ticket means your name goes through the airline and TSA databases. Outright forged, not so much.
     
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    Do gate passes (e.g., to access the UC) go through the airline/TSA database?
     
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    Several of my mobile BPs aren't signed. All of my BA shorthaul ones aren't. If you stand behind the TSA scanner you'll see it say something like "boarding pass not signed/verified, manual check required" or something like that.
     
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    It's pretty trivial to change the name (and barcode) on a boarding pass. I don't think the TSA actually looks up the PNR in the airline database -- on a good day they just check the name on the BP matches the name on your ID. Or am I wrong?
     
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    I don't believe the TSA does do an online lookup. Not that it matters as long as you get security screened. Obviously there's an online lookup at the gate.
     
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    You are correct that the TSA scanner only checks to ensure that the data in the barcode matches the data on the ID. It does not check against active PNRs from the airlines.
     
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    Well, it's an easy way (for those technically competent) to change the name on a ticket. Joe Blow buys a non-refundable ticket. Can't travel. Gives it to his brother John. BP gets altered to say John. John goes through TSA screening, name on BP and ID match, TSA is happy. When boarding the plane the original BP which says Joe gets used. Name on BP and PNR match, airline is happy.

    Of course there likely are more nefarious scenarios as well, but it's been a hole for ages.
     
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    Why does the Mashable article show a United boarding pass? Could they really not find a stock photo of a Delta BP?
     
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