A BuzzFeed intern and NYU senior recently claimed to have hacked Delta’s paperless boarding pass system by changing just one digit in a URL. “On Delta, you can change the URL of your boarding pass and get someone else’s boarding pass,” Dani Grant wrote in a Medium post. “Even if they’re on a different airline.” This seems crazy.
This is where the DHS can have value. Instead of thousands of under-tasked security guards doing what airline staff can be trained to do, they should be rigorously running airline IT through the ringer.