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The presentation of boarding passes in airside shops has never, as far as I am aware, had anything to do with security measures (you would not be able to get airside without one). It is actually a marketing practice designed to capture data about pax to enable operators and concessionaires plan ranges etc; routes/airlines/schedules produce higher spends/differing demand pattenrs etc, and recording data from the boarding pass makes this a simple task.
The passport as proof of age issue is different and, in my view, a nonsense.
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