I flew last week, and it was the same routine in both directions:
Stand is a line (I really like Southwest's treatment of frequent fliers that allows us to stand in the really short
security line) and show the TSA guy a piece of paper, which he doodles on with a pen. He also looked at my ID, and asked me to say my name. I had no option to place my boarding pass on a scanner.
Does he give up the doodling when you show him an iPhone?
Originally Posted by koncha
On a phone, TSA rarely sees the boarding pass. My phone always stays in my hand. I flash it to the TSA reviewer and then place it face down on the scanner. It beeps and goes back into my bag.
Visibly, the Passbook boarding pass is similar to the pass on the United app. The background is blue instead of white.