BBB: Watch what you do with your boarding pass

Posted at 9:34 AM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 11:34:58-05

Be careful not to leave behind your boarding pass as you travel this holiday season. The Better Business Bureau warns hackers could access your personal information from just the barcode.

The barcode on an airplane boarding pass can reveal personal information, future travel plans and frequent flyer account information. There are websites that can decode the data in a barcode.

"That information, especially your frequent flyer number, may be all someone would need to log onto personal accounts with airlines and wreak havoc. The hacker could do something fairly innocent, like change your seat assignment, or he or she could cancel future flights, burn through your points and steal your personal information stored in your account," said the BBB's Emily Valla.

The BBB says to stay safe while traveling dispose of your old boarding passes safely. Shred them and don't leave them behind on the plane.

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