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What's in a boarding pass barcode? More than you might think.

Millions of people worldwide fly with a commercial airline every day. Less than two-thirds of those airline passengers utilize mobile boarding passes; meaning the majority of passengers still use printed boarding passes.

Many of those passengers end up leaving that boarding pass on the plane or discarding it at their destination. In the age of social media, posting a photo of your boarding pass is a great way to make all your friends jealous of your European vacation. In fact, a simple Instagram search of #boardingpass, returns over 91,000 results.

So what’s the big deal with posting or throwing away your boarding pass? Well, the information printed on airline boarding passes may jeopardize your privacy or even cause trip disruptions down the road.