Mexico City airport is his home

This past summer, I posted a few stories of people living in airports.  Sleeping in airports for a night or two I get, but living in one for months and years at a time….sometimes with pet cats?????  I’m still trying to understand that concept.

So this episode takes us to Mexico City, where Hiroshi Nohara has been surviving off donations from fast-food restaurants and passengers and sleeping in a chair.  He arrived from Japan on September 3 with a tourist visa and a return ticket.  He has never exited the airport.  It has been his choice to simply stay in the airport.

“At first, he frightened passengers, and airport authorities asked the Japanese Embassy to investigate why the foul-smelling man refused to leave. Now, he’s somewhat of a celebrity, capturing Mexico’s collective imagination with nearly daily television news reports on his life at the food court.”

I’m no expert, but he could have saved on airfare if he bought a ticket to Singapore instead.  I mean, if you’re gonna live in an airport, stay at Club Changi.


About Donna

Donna McSherry is a former travel consultant specializing in South America. As creator of The Guide to Sleeping in Airports she may be the only person who arrives at an airport super early and intentionally books flights with long layovers -- just to hang out (and nap) in the airport! A photography enthusiast, her travel photos have appeared in The Washington Post. Her favourite places are northern Chile, New York City and Hawaii. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

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One Response to Mexico City airport is his home

  1. Jake November 22, 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    HMMM, sounds rather strange to me for someone to make his home an airport. Thanks for another good one!

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