If you want to know how to board a plane without a boarding pass, we can't stop you from researching that information, right? We figured why not just give the people what they want and let them make their own stupid decisions? So, here we are. Do we recommend this course of action? No, not in the least. If you can't afford a ticket, you shouldn't be traveling. That said, it's 2018, people love a good life hack (read: any way to avoid spending money). Before we continue on with some firsthand anecdotes, we'd like to clarify that we find this whole thing to be more than a little disconcerting. How is it that with airport security being tighter than ever before, stowaways still manage to slip through the cracks? Unless there's some Harry Potter invisibility cloak action going on, this shouldn't be happening. You hear that, TSA? We're looking at you.
The Economist detailed several incidences of people boarding a plane without a boarding pass. We're going to go ahead and share our favorite with you, because it's just that ridiculous, and, if we're being honest, totally F'in terrifying. 66-year-old Marilyn Hartman managed to fly to London from Chicago without a ticket, boarding pass, or passport. Insane, we know. The craziest part? She literally just walked by TSA as they were checking other people's boarding passes. Yep, it's that simple, guys!
We're not talking about small scale airports here. Heathrow in London and O’Hare International in Chicago are some of the most densely traveled airports in the world. The fact any one could sneak by TSA is cause for concern. The Economist explains that experts have long acknowledged that airport security checks is particularly vulnerable when someone is especially persistent and unafraid of the rules. Think of it this way — did you ever try to buy alcohol underage? If you approached the cashier with confidence, chances are you walked away with the booze. If you walked up trembling, reeking of high school insecurity, it's likely you were sent away. The same applies to TSA, apparently.
Moral of the story: if you see something, say something. We're not suggesting that you become a paranoid traveler, but it's important to be aware of your surroundings. Naturally, after reading all of this, TSA isn't looking too competent, but we're sure there are plenty of agents who take their job seriously. Hopefully, if you're ever in a compromising situation, you'll be able to get ahold of one, and continue to travel safely.
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