Wanted: Adblock for paper tickets

I just bought some Eurostar tickets online. (For FOSDEM, incidentally; anyone else going?) Like most travel operators, they allow you to download PDF tickets to print at home.

Like most travel operators, they see the extra space on a sheet of A4 paper as an excellent marketing opportunity. Well, I don’t like advertising at the best of times, but wasting my own toner printing adverts on the tickets I’ve just spent £80 to buy? That’s simply intolerable!

Eurostar ticket with ads

So what do I do? Load it up in PDFedit and draw white rectangles over the ads (because it’s easier than working out how to delete them), re-save the PDFs, then print them out.

I wonder if I’m missing an easier way, though—and I don’t mean learning to accept the consumer world as it is, although that would be easiest of all.

At the very least, it seems that an automated solution should be possible. It would take disproportionately longer to implement it than any time I’d save, but it might be a fun challenge: Adblock for paper tickets.


  1. Peter Parkes

    Wrote at 2013-01-02 23:46 UTC using Safari 536.26.17 on Mac OS X:

    BA certainly used to – and perhaps still does – place adverts on print-your-own-boarding passes, seemingly regardless of whether you’re on a £39 cheap fare or a £5,000+ first class ticket.

    Thankfully they’re rendered as HTML so normal ad-blockers work.
  2. Stuart Gilbert

    Wrote at 2013-01-03 01:05 UTC using Chrome 23.0.1271.101 on Mac OS X:

    I assume you’re getting a PDF to print by email rather than a page saved as a PDF from the browser, so this won’t help you specifically in this case.

    I normally open up some form of DOM editor and just remove the nodes I don’t want to print. It’s amazing how much paper and ink you can save doing this. Especially when you’ve got to waste a whole sheet on a tiny bit of email footer that didn’t fit on the other page.