People have used fake elite status cards to skip security lines and a girl once cleared Turkish immigration with her unicorn toy’s fake passport.
British Airways used to promote their mobile boarding passes with Osama Bin Laden’s name on it. And you used to be able to generate your own boarding pass from a website, which some poeple used to go through security when not flying (a very bad idea — better to actually buy a refundable ticket, clear security, and then refund the ticket if you must have gate access).
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And while it does seem to work in airline lounges where agents scan a boarding pass rather than validate your details themselves, the point of the project is actually
…intended to point out that even now, a decade later, the boarding pass security issue persists, and in some ways is easier than ever to exploit thanks to airports’ use of automated QR-code readers.
“Literally, it takes 10 seconds to create a boarding pass” on a smartphone, says Jaroszewski. “And it doesn’t even have to look legit because you’re not in contact with any humans.”
The app is even more ideal at lounges where you scan your own boarding pass for entry.
Here’s a video of the app’s creator gaining access to the July 15 Heroes of Democracy Lounge in Istanbul (in fact, the video was made prior to the lounge’s renaming, so it was Turkish’s CIP lounge then):
(HT: Paul H.)