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Filipino traveler goes viral for printing giant version of flight boarding pass

By Ratziel San Juan Published May 10, 2023 2:32 pm

Denielle Blanco Tacud, who wanted to fly from Bangkok to Phuket in Thailand, was told by the transacting airline that they don't accept soft copies of boarding passes in Thailand.

Consequently, he was asked to "kindly print it" instead.

The Filipino traveler decided to show up with a life-size boarding pass that was more than half his height and twice his width.

He joked that his giant AirAsia boarding pass would last him well over one trip. "Pang buong taon na 'yan #itsaprank," Tacud captioned the photo of him holding up the paper.

His Facebook friend then tagged the popular community page Klasik Titos and Titas of Manila, which reshared Tacud's photo in a now-viral post.

"'Wag niyo kong hinahamon... Sinasabi ko sa'yo... magbiro ka na sa lasing, 'wag lang sa first time ulit magta-travel after pandemic," Klasik Titos and Titas of Manila wrote.

The post has clearly humored a lot of netizens, as it has earned over 88,000 reactions, 4,400 shares, and 2,600 comments.

One Facebook user joined the fun by commenting, "Dapat laminated din." Another one wrote, "Obedient si kuyaaaaa!"

Some, on the other hand, questioned the need to have a printed copy of the document when other airlines simply accept a digital one. Another user pointed out that although what Tacud did is "fun," airlines would have difficulty scanning QR codes that are beyond the normal size.

"This is obviously for good clean fun. But for those who are planning to do it, make sure you bring a regular-size printout, too. They cannot scan barcodes or QR codes this big. LOL," the user commented.

According to the Thai Airways website, travelers are allowed to print their boarding pass with A4 size paper from home for all domestic flights in Thailand.

Lonely Planet's John Walton also wrote that one should print a hard copy of a boarding pass or plan to have the airport staff print one out as paper passes might be mandatory for some airports, while solely relying on phones could be a bad idea.