Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
On October 31 2012, travel and clothing company Surf Patch released a statement about the threat of boarding pass barcodes offering security loopholes, following a recent a Slash Gear article by Chris Davies.
According to the Slash Gear article, a smartphone app that scans your boarding pass barcode can give you information on what kind of security you will be going through, making it easier for someone to bypass items when trying to clear airport security.
According to Puckinflight writer John Butler, “The problem is, the passenger and flight information encoded in barcode is not encrypted in any way. Using a web site I decoded my boarding pass for my upcoming trip.” The article states that although the app could allow travelers to see what preparations need to be made to clear airport security faster, it also allows terrorists to change their security status.
Travel and clothing company Surf Patch stressed the danger in this loophole and the importance to fix the problem. “I am always traveling, all over the globe, so the thought that there are security loopholes leaves me with an uneasy feeling when traveling now,” says world traveler Takara Licausi. “Something should be done to fix the problem, so that the barcodes on boarding passes can not be tampered with, leaving travelers with a piece of mind once again.”