List of people who have lived at airports

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This is a list of people notable for living for periods of more than a week in airports. The reasons are usually protests, asylum seeking or holiday difficulties.

People who have lived at airports[edit]

  Currently in the airport


Profile Name Original nationality Location Period Duration Reason for stay Reason for leaving
MKNasseri.jpg Mehran Karimi Nasseri Iran Iranian[1] Charles de Gaulle Airport, France [2] 26 August 1988 – July 2006[1] 6518 – 6548 days
(17.84 – 17.93 years)
He was exiled from Iran and later his documents were stolen in Paris en route to the United Kingdom. He was refused entry.[2] He was hospitalised, stayed in hotel by Red Cross and then moved to Paris by Emmaus.[2]
Sanjay Shah Kenya Kenyan Nairobi Airport, Kenya[3] May 2004 – 12 July 2005[3] 407 – 437 days
(1.11 – 1.20 years)
He tried to enter the United Kingdom on a British Overseas citizen passport but was barred entry. He had already handed in his Kenyan Passport and upon return to Nairobi began protesting.[3] He obtained full British citizenship.[3]
Zahra Kamalfar Iran Iranian Sheremetyevo International Airport, Russia[4] May–June 2006 – 15 March 2007[4] 258 - 318 days She and her family were fleeing persecution in Iran and seeking asylum in Canada.[4] Their asylum was granted by the Canadian government.[4]
Hiroshi Nohara Japan Japanese Mexico City International Airport, Mexico[5] 2 September 2008 – 28 December 2008[5][6] 117 days Nohara had declined to give his reasons.[6] He left with a woman identified as Oyuki.[6]
FengZhenghu ChineseTShirt.JPG Feng Zhenghu China Chinese[7] Narita International Airport, Japan[7] 9 November 2009 – 3 February 2010[7][8] 86 days He began protesting after being refused re-entry into China.[7] He was visited by several Chinese diplomats and entered Japan with anticipation of being allowed to re-enter Shanghai by mid-February. This later occurred although he is now under house-arrest at his Shanghai apartment.[8][9]
Gary Peter Austin United Kingdom British Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippines[10] 19 December 2012 – 11 January 2013[11] 23 days He missed his flight. He had run out of money to book a new flight.[12] Donors paid for a ticket back to the United Kingdom.[13]
Heinz Müller Germany German Viracopos-Campinas International Airport, Brazil October 16–29, 2009[14] 13 days He flew to Rio de Janeiro to meet with a woman he met online, but she did not show up. He ran out of money and ended up in Campinas.[14] He was taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation.[14]
Edward Snowden.jpg Edward Snowden United States American Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, Russia[15] 23 June 2013 – 1 August 2013 [16] 39 days When Snowden boarded a flight to Moscow-Sheremetyevo, authorities revoked his U.S. passport. Granted 1-year temporary asylum in Russia.[17]
- Ahmed Kannan State of Palestine Palestinian Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang, Malaysia[18] 21 May 2013 – 13 July 2013 [19] 114 days Arrived without passport because it had been confiscated in Turkey. After having overstayed during May 2013 in Malaysia, he had flown from Kuala Lumpur to Turkey, but without a Turkish visa. His passport was seized by Turkish immigration and he was deported back to Kuala Lumpur. Released at 16:00 (UTC+8) on 13 July 2013. Granted 30-days Malaysian visa on humanitarian grounds.[19]
- Mohammed Al Bahish IraqState of PalestineIraqi-Palestinian Almaty International Airport, Almaty, Kazakhstan[20] March 20, 2013 – August 17, 2013 150 days In Kazakhstan, while registering intention to marry, his refugee travel documents went missing, and his Kazakh and Emirati visas expired. He later flew to Turkey in the hope of renewing his Kazakh visa, but was turned back at the border. Subsequently flown back and forth 4 times and refused entry by either country. Was allowed to go to a UNHCR refugee transit centre in Timisoara, Romania, and later granted asylum in Finland.[21]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stranded at the Airport". Snopes. 2 July 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mehran Karimi Nasseri – In Transit". h2g2. BBC. May 28, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Kenya airport dweller is British". BBC News. 12 July 2005. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Emotional reunion for Iranian family at Vancouver airport". CBC News. 15 March 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Japan Tourist Extends Layover at Mexico Airport: 85 Days So Far". Bloomberg.com. 26 November 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c "Man living at Mexico airport has a new home". NBC News. 31 December 2008. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Chinese human rights activist stuck at Tokyo airport". The Guardian (London). Associated Press, Tokyo. 13 November 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Chinese man who spent 3 months in Tokyo airport to leave". Associated Press via Saudi Gazette. 3 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Chinese activist allowed to return home after 3 months at Tokyo airport". The Washington Post. 13 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Terminal, PH Version". Rappler. 10 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Stranded Brit flies home". Philippine Star. 12 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Stranded Briton heads home after 22 days at Naia; kind Filipinos fed him". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 10 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dutch chef saves Briton". Manila Standard Today. 12 January 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c "Headline: Ex-Pilot Lives in Brazilian Airport After Being Dumped". AOL Travel. 2 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Moscow airport source confirms Snowden arrived on Sunday". Reuters. June 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Snowden in Moscow: What Russian Authorities Might Be Doing With the NSA Whistle-Blower". Time. 10 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Statement on Snowden’s Successful Russian Asylum Bid". WikiLeaks. August 1, 2013. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. 
  18. ^ "22-year-old Palestinian stuck at airport for more than 50 days". The Star. July 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Exclusive: Steph's ordeal over as she is allowed to re-enter Tully". The Star. 14 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Life in transit: What is it like to live in an airport?". BBC. July 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Marooned at an airport... then what?". BBC. December 4, 2013.