Read the whole article to find out how to always become ‘eligible’ for the TSA Pre-Check to breeze through TSA security.

The way TSA Pre-Check works is the organizations that participate transmit travel information for passengers who opt-in to the program to the TSA. Then the TSA in a way that randomizes security determines if the passenger is or is not eligible for Pre-Check and sends that information back to the Airline. The Airline then encodes that information in a barcode that is on the boarding pass it issues.

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.

  1. US says:

    TSA is not about real security, it is about the appearance of security. No one in government really cares about security. There is very little downside to terrorist attacks for elected officials (they can get a big boost in the aftermath). The TSA is to make people feel good, nothing more.

  2. deowll says:

    Just asking: How many of you think Obama is going to take Trump’s offer to give $5,000,000 to a charity of Obama’s choice in return for those sealed records everybody says aren’t important?

  3. MikeN says:

    Kind of like how Obama produced a fake birth certificate.

    • Evolouie says:

      And in case you were wondering what YIF stands for.
      It means:

    • Whatever says:

      The idiot author at the link says: “This is a check you can perform yourself, without fancy software of any kind…”

      It’s the “fancy” software itself that creates this type of layered PDF. Scan your birth cert with Acrobat…the real Acrobat Pro. Then open the resultant PDF in Illustrator. Notice that you get exactly the same thing as the Obama birth cert.


  4. The0ne says:

    I have to disagree. The TSA make themselves feel good, not other people feel good.

  5. sargasso_c says:

    I haven’t visited the USA since 98, back when you could walk off the street to the boarding area, a security checkin was a verbal statement that, “I packed this bag”, nobody was searched, and I could travel from Los Angeles to NY, London, Manchester, Rome, Hong Kong and Sydney and nobody would stop me or check my ID or my passport when moving between airport terminals wheeling a large locked suitcase.

  6. Jim R says:

    I wont wear blue shirts ever again – and its my favorite color!

  7. Konchus Ness says:

    And always remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

  8. Gwad his own self says:

    That has a certain je no se quoi.


  9. Peppeddu says:

    If you encrypt a barcode you’ll end up with the resulting barcode that is many many x longer than the original barcode.

    The best way is **not** to encrypt the barcode at all, and **not** to put any information in the barcode as well.

    It only has to be a lookup number, obviously non-sequential, used to pull the information from the TSA database.


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