Pass HTTP Headers with Non Proxy Lambda Integration in AWS API Gateway

I set out to pass an HTTP header through API Gateway by mapping it in the method and integration request configurations (specifically using Serverless framework/template), based on various documentation I found online indicating I should do so. While troubleshooting, I at one point removed the mappings entirely and noticed that it *just worked*.

I.e., with no configuration in the method or integration request mappings, the HTTP header of interest (in this case, Authorization) was passed through API Gateway to my Lambda and accessible in the event object @ event[‘headers’][‘Authorization’]. I have seen no mention of this online, but perhaps it was quietly added by AWS at some point.

Not sure if anyone else has run into this…

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