The Terminal: Man Who Inspired Tom Hanks Movie Passes Away After Spending 18 Years In The Airport

The Terminal: Man Who Inspired Tom Hanks Movie Passes Away After Spending 18 Years In The Airport

Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian national, lived in Terminal 1 of Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport from 1988 to 2006, and his story was loosely based on a 2004 film starring Tom Hanks.

He passed away at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, where he had lived for 18 years and served as the model for Tom Hanks’ character in the movie The Terminal.

Mehran Karimi Nasseri, a resident of Iran, suffered a heart attack on Saturday in Terminal 2F, according to a representative of the Paris airport authorities.

Mr. Karimi Nasseri requested assistance from emergency personnel, but they were unable to save him.

From 1988 through 2006, he resided in Terminal 1 of the airport, originally living in a situation of legal uncertainty since he lacked residency documents.

He later chose to stay at the airport, though, according to sources in French media.

According to a representative, he was once again residing at the airport.

His life served as the basis for the Tom Hanks-starring 2004 movie Krakozhia, in which Hanks plays Viktor Navorski, an exile stuck at JFK airport in New York after being refused entry to the US but unable to leave his fictional homeland of Krakozhia in eastern Europe due to a military takeover.

The Terminal Man, a book written by Mr. Karimi Nasseri, also known as “Sir Alfred” of Charles de Gaulle Airport, and released the same year as the movie, detailed his experiences.

He was born in 1945 to an Iranian father and a British mother in Soleiman, an area of Iran that was once under British rule.

In 1974, he left Iran to pursue his studies in England, but upon his return, he was put in jail for political action before being ejected.

In 1988, Mr. Karimi Nasseri, who claimed to have been mugged on his way to Charles de Gaulle Airport, found himself stranded in an international no man’s land without the necessary papers.

He got on a plane to go to London, but it was diverted to Paris, and when he tried to leave the airport, police detained him.

Karimi Nasseri spent six months in prison before returning to Charles de Gaulle airport, where he was denied entry to any other country, leaving him with little alternative but to remain, according to the biography for his book.

He took a shower in staff facilities and dozed off on a red plastic bench amid magazines and newspapers kept in freight crates.

‘Fossilized’ in the airport following the incident

‘Fossilized’ in the airport following the incident

In 1999, he stated to the Associated Press: “I’ll eventually depart from the airport. However, I have yet to receive a passport or transit visa.”

However, Mr. Karimi Nasseri confessed his amazement at receiving refugee status and talked about his apprehensions about leaving the airport.

Before being committed to a hospital in 2006, he apparently refused to sign them and remained in Charles de Gaulle for several more years.

Up until his death, he had been living in the airport once more, according to the official with the Paris airport authority.

He was compared to a prisoner who couldn’t “live on the outside” by a fellow ticket salesperson.

His physical and mental health was affected by years of living in a room without windows, according to an airport doctor who called him “fossilized here.”

His story served as the inspiration for the Hollywood movie, the French screenplay Lost In Transit, and the opera Flight. Numerous newspaper and magazine articles also mentioned it.

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