Four letters that are “bad news” if you spot them on your boarding pass at the airport

A travel expert has explained why you should hope never to see SSSS on your boarding pass when you reach airport security, as it’s ‘bad news’ and can delay you

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Now that the world has opened up again, many of us will be planning to fly somewhere for an adventure or a relaxing break very soon.

But if you keep going Vacation Especially in the USA you should keep a close eye on your boarding pass.

As reported by the daily record, A travel expert has shared four letters to look out for on the pass and a warning that goes with them.

post up tick tocka woman named Michelle G, who provides tips for luxury travel, explained what it means when you go through security and have the letters “SSSS” on your boarding pass.

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Michelle from USA posting at @laxtoluxury, said: “That’s something you never want to see on your boarding pass – the quadruple S.

“It stands for Secondary Security Screening Selection and it means you’re being screened super thoroughly again and you’re usually on international flights to the US.”

Having the code stamped on your pass will override any pre-approval by a Trusted Traveler program and the boarding process may take up to 45 minutes (or more).

While most people who receive the stamp are chosen at random, said Frank Harrison, regional security director for North America and the UK at World Travel Protection Conde Nast Traveler that there are some factors that may result in you being unknowingly flagged for security screening.

He explained: “Many travelers unknowingly flag themselves for inconsistent but harmless travel behavior such as booking a last-minute ticket or paying cash. Attitude Pattern – this is a red flag and potential alarm for drug or human trafficking. Consistency is key.”

Some travelers may also be flagged as SSSS if they’re booking one-way tickets, flying through countries the State Department has classified as “high risk,” or if your name resembles someone on a Department of Homeland Security watchlist.

If you find that you keep getting the quadruple S stamp on your boarding pass, there are things you can try to prevent.

In another TikTok video, Michelle adds, “If you go to the US Department of Homeland Security’s website, you can request a redress number, which will request DHS to review your records and delete any inaccurate or strange information that the additional information contains.” could trigger security measures.

“Once they’ve examined your records and hopefully you’re free, you’ll want to enter your redress number on all of your future flight reservations and hopefully you should be good to go.

“If you only get it once or very rarely, you might have been chosen at random. This is for people who get it repeatedly (so it’s not a coincidence!)”

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