I’m headed to Bucharest soon, and I needed to book a flight there from Istanbul. Luckily, there was this great nonstop option that just so happened to fit perfectly within my plans on a Skyteam carrier I have never even heard of – Tarom.
As a seasoned traveler, I have never been asked by any airline for my SSN, and my gut wasn’t feeling it so, I quickly did some research. Interestingly enough, Tarom’s very own FAQ specifies that a SSN is required for online bookings:
However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seems to disagree:Of course my itinerary seemed to ticket perfectly fine with “00000000” in the field.
The moral of this story is to think twice before offering too much personal information.
I am very protective of my SSN online and in real life for obvious reasons revolving around identity theft; and it bothers me when even doctors offices try to fish for more information than they need by “requiring you to provide your SSN” to be seen (newsflash: they don’t need it).
Have you ever been asked to provide your SSN to an airline? Has anyone flown Tarom before?