02 November 2006

Perceived security

The Boarding Pass Brouhaha is a great summary of the recent fall-out concerning boarding passes. So many of the security measure introduced since 9/11 are just give you the perception of security.

One solution to this particular problem would also be to not give the passenger the option of printing the boarding pass at home. You could still check-in early, securing your seat, but not print the boarding pass. Once you are at the airport, you can print the boarding pass at the machines at the airport. I already do that when I'm on the road and can't print. If TSA only accepted the machine boarding passes, easily recognized by the paper, then it would be much more difficult to forge a boarding pass. Still not impossible, but right now the authenticity of the boarding passes is laughable.

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