Hacktivism for the Masses: the Northwest Boarding Pass Generator and WikiScanner Elizabeth Losh University of California, Irvine. And thus, I now present: Chris's Northwest Airlines Boarding Pass Generator Using this, you can: 1. Meet your elderly grandparents at the gate
Hacktivism for the Masses: the Northwest Boarding Pass Generator and WikiScanner Elizabeth LoshUniversity of California, Irvine
And thus, I now present:
Chris's Northwest Airlines Boarding Pass Generator
Using this, you can:
1. Meet your elderly grandparents at the gate
2. 'Upgrade' yourself once on the airplane –
by printing another boarding pass for a ticket
you're already purchased, only this time, in
3. Demonstrate that the TSA Boarding
Pass/ID check is useless.
Ed: The only way for these kind of problems to get
fixed, are through public full disclosure.
TSA/DHS cannot be expected to fix anything unless
they are publicly shamed into doing so.
This situation is made even worse when you consider
the fact that you can print your own boarding pass
online at home.
This is often a bunch of text/html, with one or two
images (a barcode, and perhaps an airline logo). It is
trivially easy – as in, 20 seconds with a text-editor, and
not even requiring you to open photoshop – to open it
up, and change the name.
These pages serve two purposes. The first is to
distribute a boarding pass generator for NWA. The
second is to demonstrate the framework that the NWA
generator was written in, with the hope that you will
write your own document generators like this one.
The motivation for writing this boarding pass generator
and framework is twofold. First, it is clear that even
though the weaknesses in our airport security system
were known about for some time, no action was taken
until Christopher Soghoian produced his script. His
generator got people's attention, and was taken off the