You know you’ve made it when you can use a magazine cover of yourself as ID at the airport.
Last week, singer Halsey tweeted that her boyfriend, rapper G-Eazy, attempted to use his photo on the cover of a magazine in lieu of proper identification to get through airport security.
“Gerald lost his ID and he’s trying to use the cover of @XXL as part of his additional identification to get through airport security," the singer wrote. "I'm so annoyed."
Luckily for G-Eazy, he happened to be featured on the cover of the hip-hop magazine’s spring 2018 issue just days before. By a stroke of ingenuity (or perhaps desperation?) combined with a dash of special celebrity treatment, the Bay Area rapper, whose birth name is Gerald Earl Gillum, somehow managed to get through security with the magazine, which interestingly enough, only bears his stage name.
He responded to Halsey in a tweet, “It worked,” with a shrug emoji that just about sums up our feelings about the situation also.
For those of you wondering how a magazine cover suffices for identification at the airport, you actually can use additional forms of identification if you lose your ID before flying. According to the TSA, “In the event you arrive at the airport without valid identification, because it is lost or at home, you may still be allowed to fly.”
While most of us won’t have our faces emblazoned on the front of a magazine to help us make our case to airport security, all is not lost if you happen to lose or forget your ID before flying. Bring other forms of ID such as credit cards, business cards, or mail with your name on it to prove your identity to the airline and TSA. Once the airline counter representative has issued you a boarding pass, you may still need to complete additional screening with a TSA officer.
We’re not sure if G-Eazy did his research and prepared to arrive at the airport with the magazine as additional ID, or if he happened to grab a copy off the rack at an airport newsstand. Either way, kudos to him for turning a potential travel nightmare into a story with serious bragging rights.