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Asian Tourist Slept At MEX Airport For 4 Months  
User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9187 times:

Haha, funny story..... Seems like Tom Hanks' movie "The Terminal" happened for real at MEX airport....there are far quiter and less crowed airports to do this at.

I read on a different newspaper he left the airport only once to take a tour of the Estadio Azteca.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/01/wo...&sq=mexico%20city%20airport&st=cse

[Edited 2009-01-01 11:24:20]

[Edited 2009-01-01 11:56:13]

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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19245 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9157 times:



Quoting Juventus (Thread starter):
there are far quiter and less crowed airports to do this at.

But if it were quieter and less crowded you'd be more conspicuous, so it'd be less likely to succeed. As with everything in life, it's a trade-off.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9129 times:



Quoting Juventus (Thread starter):
Haha, funny story..... Seems like Tom Hanks' movie "The Terminal" happened for real at MEX airport....there are far quiter and less crowed airports to do this at.

I don't really see much of a comparison with the film, particularly as it seems this guy was living in the airport for no particular reason other than he felt like it.

However, administrative problems do occasionally put passengers in situations similar to that in 'The Terminal'. Only yesterday I was reminded of this when in my daily aviation news email from website avia.ru I read about a Nigerian man who has been stuck in Almaty airport, Kazakhstan, for three months. His situation is, apparently, the result of expired passports and visas, though unforunately no further details about that were provided.



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User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9046 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1):
But if it were quieter and less crowded you'd be more conspicuous, so it'd be less likely to succeed. As with everything in life, it's a trade-off.

Well yeah, but you try getting some sleep at Mexico City Airport. On the other hand, plenty of restaurants to eat at, plenty of shops to kill time, but yes you're right, plenty of passengers to hide among.


User currently offlineHBJZA From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9033 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 2):
I read about a Nigerian man who has been stuck in Almaty airport, Kazakhstan, for three months. His situation is, apparently, the result of expired passports and visas, though unforunately no further details about that were provided.

Whatever the reason is, I would not tolerate to be stuck in a foreign country if I don't chose to. I would "change my nationality" or sue if my country wouldn't do the necessary to bring me back home within a couple of days !
No excuse at all to strand one person for 3 months in an airport !!!!


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 9009 times:



Quoting HBJZA (Reply 4):
Whatever the reason is, I would not tolerate to be stuck in a foreign country if I don't chose to. I would "change my nationality" or sue if my country wouldn't do the necessary to bring me back home within a couple of days !
No excuse at all to strand one person for 3 months in an airport !!!!

It's a commendable thought, but when you are in a foreign country and in a restricted environment like an airport, you don't necessarily get much say in the matter! I do know that that the Nigerian embassy in Moscow has been trying to work with to sort it out.

The last line of the report amused me;
При этом в пресс-службе отметили, что иностранец "живет в нормальных условиях, его кормят".

Translating roughly as:
The press service also noted that the foreigner "is living in decent conditions and being fed."

Poor guy.



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User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3693 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8849 times:

I slept at Frankfurt for about a month in 1982 when I ran out of money backpacking and waiting for a job.

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8841 times:



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 6):
I slept at Frankfurt for about a month in 1982 when I ran out of money backpacking and waiting for a job

Interesting. What did you do during your days there? What did you eat? Where did you go next and how?



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User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8818 times:



Quoting HBJZA (Reply 4):
I would not tolerate to be stuck in a foreign country if I don't chose to. I would "change my nationality" or sue if my country wouldn't do the necessary to bring me back home within a couple of days !

Perhaps, and commendable, but more easily said than done. There can be some very obvious reasons why one could be in a 'foreign country' without choosing to be......and have absolutely no say in the matter, except to tolerate it. Secondly, changing one's nationality is not always possible.
The moral basically is that diplomatic wheels don't necessarily move as fast as one might like.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8796 times:



Quoting AirNZ (Reply 8):
The moral basically is that diplomatic wheels don't necessarily move as fast as one might like.

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Exactly, and you can't just click your fingers and make a valid passport or visa appear out of nowhere. Sometimes obtaining new documents can be a painfully laborious process.



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User currently offlineArgonaut From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 2004, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8541 times:



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 6):
I slept at Frankfurt for about a month in 1982 when I ran out of money backpacking and waiting for a job.

Did you keep a diary? Your story might be publishable!

rj



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User currently offlineShanxz From Singapore, joined Apr 2006, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8233 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 2):
I read about a Nigerian man who has been stuck in Almaty airport, Kazakhstan, for three months.

I wonder how a Nigerian can end up in Kazakhstan. To meet Borat, perhaps  Wink



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User currently offlineSuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 824 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7793 times:



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 6):
I slept at Frankfurt for about a month in 1982 when I ran out of money backpacking and waiting for a job.

The only airport I have ever spent the night in was FRA - but only one night - I can't imagine a month.



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User currently offlineMotorHussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3284 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7432 times:



Quoting SuseJ772 (Reply 12):

The only airport I have ever spent the night in was FRA - but only one night - I can't imagine a month.

I slept in an LAX carpark building when I was 21 on my way home to New Zealand from Europe as I had no money, no credit and just enough pride to not prevail upon parents back home for accommodation. It was too early to check in for my connecting flight and they wouldn't let me "loiter" in the concourse. One of my lower points.

On boarding, I ravenously welcomed the food and booze on flight TE5 back home. And will never forget the woman who stamped my ticket as having paid my departure tax though I hadn't the funds.

MH



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User currently offlineWolflair From Mexico, joined Sep 2007, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6401 times:



Quoting Juventus (Thread starter):
Haha, funny story..... Seems like Tom Hanks' movie "The Terminal" happened for real at MEX airport....there are far quiter and less crowed airports to do this at.

I read on a different newspaper he left the airport only once to take a tour of the Estadio Azteca.

The story was closely followed by Reforma newspaper. There are some clarifications to be made:

- On arrival, he cleared customs and immigration to the satisfaction of the authorities.
- Once he arrived, he decided to stay in the airport.
- The man stayed all the time in the land-side of the airport (hence, he was not stranded but he chose to stay).
- He did left the airport once to see the Estadio Azteca (Azteca Stadium).
- He became news when one of the Reforma reporters assigned to the airport got the "tip" from an airport employee.
- Eventually, he accepted and invitation from a female named "Oyuki" to stay at her place rather than at the airport.

As his visa expires in March, If the man does not leave the country by then, he can be detained and deported.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6168 times:



Quoting Shanxz (Reply 11):
I wonder how a Nigerian can end up in Kazakhstan. To meet Borat, perhaps Wink

I'm gonna guess that he flew there. But yes, I don't imagine there are a particularly large number of Nigerian nationals in KAZ.



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User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3693 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4197 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 7):
Interesting. What did you do during your days there? What did you eat? Where did you go next and how?

I did a lot of reading from books out of the kiosks. Read everything Hemingway, Steinbeck and Updike ever wrote. I didn't spend every day there, I could catch the train into town and return at night. As I had no money, I had to do some things I won't talk about here to survive.
I ended up with a job and an apartment and stayed for about another year.


User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3588 times:



Quoting Juventus (Thread starter):
Haha, funny story..... Seems like Tom Hanks' movie "The Terminal" happened for real at MEX airport...

For your information, "The Terminal" is loosely based on the story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian refugee who has spent 18 years in the transit area of Terminal One at CDG from 1988 when his refugee papers were stolen.
Speilberg bought his story and modified it the Hollywood's way.


User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 18
Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2746 times:



Quoting Wolflair (Reply 14):
The story was closely followed by Reforma newspaper. There are some clarifications to be made:

- On arrival, he cleared customs and immigration to the satisfaction of the authorities.
- Once he arrived, he decided to stay in the airport.
- The man stayed all the time in the land-side of the airport (hence, he was not stranded but he chose to stay).
- He did left the airport once to see the Estadio Azteca (Azteca Stadium).
- He became news when one of the Reforma reporters assigned to the airport got the "tip" from an airport employee.
- Eventually, he accepted and invitation from a female named "Oyuki" to stay at her place rather than at the airport.

As his visa expires in March, If the man does not leave the country by then, he can be detained and deported.

Bingo! He's not stranted at all here in MEX. He's there only because he wants to. He spent months sleeping at the food court right outside the departure hall. He could get up and leave the airport any time he wants.

I've seen the man a couple of times. He's very popular with people going to the airport and take tons of pictures a day.

Here's one of him very early in the morning...



Cheers!



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User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2638 times:



Quoting KLM685 (Reply 18):

Good picture KLM, thanx for sharing. (looks like he likes Mcdonalds)


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