Impact Publications : MICEBTN-72
MICEBTN - March-April 2019 • Page 39 Posting boarding passes on social media - an established trend we really should avoid EVEN by the often hard-to-fathom reasoning of social media trends, posting your boarding pass on line isn’t sensible behaviour. On the contrary, you could suffer a costly downside just for a little look-at-me preening. People have been posting airline passes – and to a lesser extent cruise, train and coach equivalents – on line since smartphones made it increasingly simple to photograph them and then distribute via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any of the other social media pathways. E-boarding passes added a further dimension. Rather weirdly, though, posting boarding passes has grown in popularity in the past two years, maybe driven by its own momentum – the more people post, the more say ‘why not?’ and follow the example. Well, there are many good reasons why not . For a start , you’re signalling to a tech-savvy world that you’re away from home. Even if it’s an inbound pass there could be enough time for burglars to visit and if you’re outbound, they don’t even have to hurry. That’s only a start. The barcode contains a variety of information about you which most of us don’t know how to decode, but which is simple to IT-black hats. If you’ve purchased the ticket with a credit or debit card that data also is waiting to be mined. Even your frequent flier number can deliver useful information. While individual security barriers could slow down or prevent access to credit cards, bank accounts or other potentially drainable resources, it’s not worth the risk. So why do people post boarding passes in growing numbers? Mostly it seems to be just part of the lem- ming-like compulsion to share everything on line, once the preserve of teens and 20s but now cutting across all demographics. Add to that a touch of pride in being away on a business trip – especially in business, first and other enhanced classes – or off on a holiday, leaving the wage slaves behind. Don’t do it. And, although it’s difficult to imagine any half-intelli- gent person doing so – definitely don’t post your pass- port details on line. Yes, they’re easy to scan and many of us have them saved for use in obtaining visas and the like. Just don’t share them with the world. Ever. - Michelle Carson Manjimup set for Truffle Kerfuffle MANJIMUP, Western Australia is set to host the 2019 Truffle Kerfuffle June 21-23. The event is a weekend-long celebration of the truffle season and attendees will be encour- aged to join truffle hunters and their canines to search out prized truffles, visit the market- place for a taste of the region or receive a ‘truffle fix’ at special dining events. Elsewhere, they will be offered fireside cooking sessions in the Chef’s Cabin, be able to watch free demonstrations and experience enter- tainment on the festival grounds, discover farmers, producers, winemakers and the community that make up the Southern Forests, or simply soak up the laid back country atmosphere. From its initial beginnings in 2011, Truffle Kerfuffle (a not- for-profit community event) has grown into a highlight of the Australian tourism calendar and is on the to-do list of many travellers and gourmands. The planning for this year’s program is well under way and tickets and accommodation packages will be released soon.