Monthly Archives: July 2011

Hidden Precaution

The back of my boarding pass

I didn’t notice the back of my boarding pass until I was in the queue at the gate, ready to board my flight. So I didn’t have time to fill it in, but did squeeze in a quick photo. How does an analogue form like this survive in the digital world of air-travel?

My first reaction was one of fear and nervousness about my imminent flight. Images of burnt out plane carcasses and crash debris floating in the sea popped into my head. After that, my attention turned towards the data, specifically what happens to this data after passengers have landed?

It is a (potentially) useful and intriguing addition to what otherwise would be the boring back-side of a boarding pass. I wonder how many people fill it in? If few people fill it in, would the airline look to find this information in the result of an accident? And… has the data it ever been used?