The most famous residents of airports
Probably, many of our readers have seen the movie "Terminal", released with a light hand of Steven Spielberg in 2004. The hero of Tom Hanks by unhappy coincidence became a prisoner in the John F. Kennedy International Airport, without being able either to get to America, nor to return to their homeland - a fictitious country in Eastern Europe.
However, the basis of this tragicomic story, which is often considered unrealistic, based on real events, and in addition, there are many examples of how people are prisoners of airports, off which they interfere with the international rules, the banal bad luck or even their own convictions. We remembered the 8 most unusual inhabitants of the transit zone.
Mehran Karimi Nasseri
Here, in fact, itself a true story, which was the basis of the famous film by Steven Spielberg. Sir Alfred Mehran, as he was called airport employees, lost documents Iranian refugee, 18 years old, from 1988 to 2006, lived in the terminal of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. All this considerable period Mehran read the newspapers, studied economics and meticulously recorded everything that happens to him in the diary. It is noteworthy that the documents Mehran were found in 1998, but he refused to leave the airport, and is only compulsory hospitalization due to an uncertain disease forced him to relocate. However, far from he left and bought himself a house directly in Paris.
As Mehran Karimi Nasser, Zahra Kamalfar was a political opponent of the current regime in Iran, for which he had been arrested in 2004. Zahra, a mother of two children - a son of David and daughter Ana - managed to escape from prison and to get from Iran to Germany. But on arrival it was waiting for a stiff jab: in Frankfurt the German government has denied political asylum to the family, and as they traveled to Germany through Moscow, they were deported back to Russia. But as the Russian government also refused to shelter the refugees, Zahra and her children had to spend 13 months in a deportation center to the airport "Sheremetyevo" and another 10 months in the transit area of the airport. In 2006, the authorities attempted to deport the family Kamalfar in Iran, but this venture failed when Zahra Ana and tried to commit suicide. Later, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Office granted an ill-fated family status of refugees, and in March 2007, Zahra received a residence permit in Vancouver, Canada, which was sent by air from Moscow.
Probably the most extravagant resident airport in this list. Japanese Hiroshi Nohara on their own, and as he put it - "no particular reason", settled in the first terminal of the international airport Benito Juarez in Mexico. We had a native of Tokyo and a visa and a return ticket, but to leave the airport, he flatly refused. All 4 months spent on the new place of residence, Hiroshi ate on the money, which he tossed passengers ever eaten what his employees were treated to fast-food restaurants. According to rumors in December to have had time to become famous by the time the Japanese had some Japanese, who invited him to go with her. Nohara agreed to the proposal and to the airport as more and did not return.
Kindred Hiroshi, 42-year-old Masaki Tanaka certainly stuck at the international airport of Taiwan against their will, and get out of the stories happened to him he had to himself. We arrived as tourists in the city of Taipei Japanese suddenly expired visa, also unexpectedly ended their livelihood, and he had no choice but to live in the terminal during the month. He would have continued to eat spices from restaurants - bags wasabi and soy sauce, which he used for lack of money, if it was not his laptop. Using the free Wi-Fi, Masaki began blogging about her adventures, which he was able to draw attention to his fate, and was able to raise enough money to pay the fine for overdue visa and buy a return ticket.
Sometimes it's hard to imagine what people are willing for the sake of true love. Get at least our next "terminalschika" - 46-year-old native of Germany. Heinz Mueller, a retired pilot, met his passion on the Internet, and throwing all raced in Rio de Janeiro, where the beloved appointed him a meeting. But she never showed up, and Mueller decided not to miss the opportunity to properly examine Brazil. His journey ended at the airport "Campinas", near Sao Paulo, when left with no money for a return ticket, the German was forced to live in the terminal two weeks. During this time, airport officials had the impression that Mueller suffered from mental shock, and he was hospitalized, after which its fate is unknown.
Somewhat more comical was the fate of Sanjay Shah, a resident of Kenya, the dream to live and work on foggy Albion. Refusing in 2004 by Kenyan citizenship, Sanjay had brought with him from the documents only a passport of a citizen British Overseas Territories, and hit the road. But the passport control did not consider this a valid argument for the move, and the hapless Kenyan sent back home. Protesting against this injustice on the part of the British authorities, and afraid to go back (in Kenya, it is likely to be waiting for arrest), Sanjay for more than a year he settled in Nairobi airport. He's still got his way, and in July 2005 received a British passport, flew to their new homeland.
A citizen of China, Feng Zhenghu, a long time engaged in that actively criticized the policy of his Government. For what, in fact, paid. When Feng returned from a trip to Japan, the Chinese government ... it will not be allowed. And rejected a further 7 attempts sharp-tongued Chinese return home. Ultimately, Feng Zhenghu stayed at Tokyo International Airport, where he spent more than a year, from November 2009 to February 2010. After he was allowed to return home, where he was put under house arrest.
Ukraine-born Palestinian Mohamed Hijazi arrived back in 2000, with the purpose of admission to the University of Krivoy Rog. But he learned a short time, after 3 years of high school he was expelled, and in 2009 even deported for various violations. Egyptian authorities refused to allow Hijazi in Palestine, and he was forced to return to the Borispol airport is, and spent the next six months. According to Ukrainian law, he was not allowed to enter the territory of the country until 2014, but in the case of the UN intervened, this term was reduced, and the Palestinians could enter Ukraine in July 2009.