A few days ago papers reported a weird news item
about Charleston mayor Danny Jones who used a picture of himself in Charleston
magazine to ID himself before boarding an airplane.
Turns out that "impromptu IDs" are a perennial urban-legend theme. The Legends & Rumors blog
has collected a long list of them.
The examples include a case of a porn star who showed a nude picture of herself in a magazine to ID herself while cashing a check, as well as a nineteenth-century case of a man who used his name written on his shirt flap as ID in a bank.
Of course, this doesn't mean that the story about Mayor Jones is false. But it does make it a little more questionable.