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The mysterious ‘SSSS’ code you NEVER want to see on your boarding card before flying

Travelling at airports is never easy or stress-free, and sadly we now may face more queues and delays before we jet off on our holidays.

Passengers with the mysterious ‘SSSS’ code on their boarding passes now face a more extensive security screening process, which could add up to half an hour on your time at the airport.

It’s because authorities are cracking down on terrorism and ‘SSSS’ stands for ‘Secondary Security Screening Selection’, a new scheme introduced for tourists heading to the USA.

Those with the strange mark on their boarding passes are said to be picked at random, but some tourists have already complained they have been pulled aside almost every time they’ve travelled to the USA since the scheme began.

So, expect more bag searches, more pat downs and more identity validation in the departures terminal.


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