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The Transportation Security Administration's QR code flub #TSA #Mobile


Things that make you go hmmm.....
by  | @fredtrotter  | +Fred Trotter  | Comments: 3 |  3 January 2012
TSA poster with QR code
TSA poster with QR code. Click to enlarge.
I'm surprised that what happened next didn't result in a full pat-down for me. The QR code I scanned didn't go to a tsa.gov site, so I started flipping out. I told my traveling companion that I would meet them on the other side of the scanners, and I just stood there in front of this sign trying to figure out if someone else had beat me to my own "hack."
The QR code linked directly to the site justinsomnia.org. I rubbed the poster to see if I could detect a sticker. No sticker. The QR code was in the poster. Had someone replicated the whole poster and just changed the QR code? What a far more elaborate hack! How had they replaced the whole poster without anyone noticing? I took several minutes trying to get a decent photo, and the picture you see above is the best I got. You can still scan the QR code from the photo if you're patient, but trust me, it goes to justinsomnia.org.... http://radar.oreilly.com/2012/01/tsa-qr-code-flub.html