SSSS – not on our boarding pass please!

Have you ever wondered about those cryptic letters on your airline boarding passes? Now we are sure you are more than familiar with the flight class indicated on the pass. And you’d also be aware of the airport codes in case you fly to the wrong city with the same name (remember this post?).

Now if this article is accurate, then having the letters ‘SSSS’ printed on your boarding pass would be a big no no. Now just in case you did not read the article, let us summarize it for you. This code essentially identifies you for additional security checks before you board the aircraft. It means you will be Sadly Suffering Security Screening… though that’s not what it’s suppose to mean… heheh. Hey, this was the best we could come up with. Applause please.

Of course this was making reference the folks traveling to and from the US. But before you snicker at the thought that this does not affect you because you are not stateside, think again. You never know if this will be implemented in a different form elsewhere. Wonder why the security check folks ask for your boarding passes all the time even after you’ve been id checked? Perhaps in other airports there are similar codes which have been surreptiously incorporated onto your boarding pass without you ever noticing? Have we gotten you paranoid now?

Look out for strange and indecipherable codes on your boarding pass the next time. What did you find peculiar?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

27 thoughts on “SSSS – not on our boarding pass please!”

  1. Thanks for liking my post and I never really noticed the thing on my boarding pass. I used to get picked out for screening when I worked for the airlines a lot,now not so much if hardly ever . Strange.

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  2. Its not just in the US, I got SSSS on my boarding card from UK, after being passed to three different people, escorted to a desk before boarding and told to empty my bag, take off my shoes. They swabbed me and told me to repack my bag then gave me the all clear. A nuisance but didn’t take too long, bet everyone else wondered who I was to get the extra scrutiny!

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  3. I was pulled out of the crowd while rushing to make a connecting flight in the USA. I was searched, questioned and told they had no choice – rules were they had to randomly check certain boarding cards by number, no matter what! I just made my flight. But I can’t explain why they ALWAYS swipe my fingers and waistband for drugs/explosives. Sucks to be me 😉

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  4. Last November 2017 we, my husband, son, daughter and myself, were flying back home from a trip to Italy. We had just landed in Germany and our connecting flight was scheduled to leave within 45 minutes. We had to go through screening again and did not anticipate the lines at the checkpoint. When we arrived at the first check point, my husband was asked to step to another line for additional screening. My son and I observed how he was sent to an empty lane where he reached another security screener. He was there for less than 1-minute and was able to continue and get across. My son and I were still at the same check point so we asked the gentleman why my husband was able to get through and not us. He told us that my husband was flagged for extra screening. We laughed and joked with him to see if we’d be able to get the extra screening since my husband was already on the other side. When we reached my husband he told us that the screener just looked at his bag, belt and shoes and told him to continue on. I guess he was lucky.

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    1. Oh yeah. Could have been worse huh? But that’s wonderful the “extra screening” led to a VIP pass at security. But that said, it can be annoying how they “flag” you as they say…


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