What That Mysterious Code On Your Boarding Pass Means

While we all love to travel, one of the worst aspects of any trip is being stuck in long security lines. Did you know that there is a simple way to find out if you are one of the people who is going to be spending an especially long time in line? There is a code that will be found on your boarding pass that is designed to serve as a special warning.

The next time you are waiting in line, take a closer look at your boarding pass. Does it have the “SSSS” code on it? It it does, then we have got some bad news for you. It means that your stint in the line is going to be longer than everyone else’s. SSSS is actually a acronym. It stands for Secondary Security Screening Selection. Those who like to spend time with TSA agents are in luck.

This additional screening could include pat downs and searches of your bag. The TSA agents may also ask for additional validation of your identity. You may get to spend an extra half hour with the TSA agents that you love and hold dear. There are a wide range of reasons why certain travelers find themselves being given the dreaded SSSS stamp.

Perhaps you are traveling to or from a country that is considered to be located in a high risk area. If you paid for your ticket in cash, this can arouse a great deal of suspicion. The same goes for passengers who purchase one way tickets on a regular basis. A number of flyers have taken to social media to express their displeasure at this code.


If you would like to learn more about the other airline codes that are going to have a profound effect on your next journey, please be sure to take a look at the info graphic. Do you see an “S/O” code on your boarding pass? If so, this means that you are going to be experiencing an especially long layover on your next trip. STPC passengers receive a hotel that is paid for by the airline on their stopover.


All it takes are a few moments to study your boarding pass and learn far more about your trip then you could have ever expected. Be sure to take the time to study the info graphic, so that you can remove the element of surprise from your next trip.