It has happened to all of us at one point or another, and possibly multiple times — there you are at the airport, an adult in your early twenties, confident in your ability to take a trip by yourself because you have been on the planet more than long enough to know how and have done it many times, when the rug suddenly gets ripped out beneath you. Today it’s Emma Watson’s story, as told by E! Online, but it could have easily been any one of us:
In Hollywood, a youthful look is an asset. In the line at airport security, not so much.
It’s a lesson Emma Watson found out the hard, somewhat embarrassing way, as the erstwhile Harry Potter star took to Twitter to reveal that a member of the TSA stopped held up her recent holiday journey after being convinced that she was a child.
Make that, a very young child, in need of a parent to travel with.
[Emma tweeted] “Passport control: ‘unaccompanied minor?’ Me: ‘sorry?’ Passport control: ‘where is ur guardian?’ Me: ‘I’m 22!!!!!!! #neverwearingabackpackagain.”
Don’t let it get you down, Emma Watson. Like I’ve said twice already, and will continue to repeat to myself long after this blog post ends, it has and could have happened and may continue to happen for every single one of us. Multiple times, each of us has been asked if we are “travelling with an adult” even though we were at that point 21 and then at another point 23 years old. Each of us has been told, “Oh. Ha–ah! Well, no, that’s a good thing! You look so young, that’s a good thing!” nervously after we made the correction. I’m not sure why the TSA agent was not aware that you were one of the main characters in one of the most popular movie franchises of all time, but, again, don’t worry. WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE. CORRECT? ALL OF US?!