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Ludacris cardboard cutout greets travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson

If you've been to the international terminal at the Atlanta airport recently, you may have noticed some unusual new directional signage.

It's a cardboard cutout of Ludacris directing travelers to the security checkpoint.

That's not the only constant presence of the Atlanta rapper and actor at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Ludacris also opened a restaurant on Concourse D late last year. The eatery specializing in Southern-style comfort food is called Chicken+Beer, named after his third studio album.

At an opening celebration for the Chicken+Beer restaurant, the rapper posed with a different airport cardboard cutout of himself for the cameras.

At that event in December, Ludacris also spoke about his long connection to the Atlanta airport.

“When I moved out of my father’s place when I was 18 years old, I moved, like, right off of Riverdale Road. And I heard that the airport was expanding, and through the grapevine I heard that if you moved into this apartment complex, that sooner or later they would be offering people money to move out, because the airport was expanding,” Ludacris said then.

“A year or two later, they asked us — I won’t disclose the amount of money that they tried to offer everybody to move out, but that was my first business plan,” he joked. “It’s funny how things come full circle.”

Fans might also note that Ludacris will perform at the Seattle Seahawks-Atlanta Falcons playoff game Saturday during halftime.


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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.