The Man Who Lived in an Airport for 18 Years

Mehran Karimi Nasseri, also known as Sir Alfred Mehran, became a global sensation for living in Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris for 18 years, from 1988 to 2006. His residency began when he was denied entry to the United Kingdom due to missing travel documents. Despite lacking proper identification, Nasseri refused to leave the airport, arguing that he was stateless and had a right to remain there. During his time at the airport, he became a local celebrity, known for his resilience and eccentricities. Nasseri's story inspired the 2004 film "The Terminal," starring Tom Hanks. In 2006, Nasseri was hospitalized and subsequently granted refugee status, allowing him to finally leave the airport and start a new life in Belgium.