Man stuck in airport terminal for months like the movie "The Terminal"
Rodrigo Ben-Azul has spent more than two months living in the Santiago Airport in Chile. Source: nydailynews.com
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A tourist has been stranded in an airport for more than two months in Chile because he ran out of money, reports the NY Daily News. The story has a eerie similarity to a Tom Hanks' smash-hit movie "The Terminal."
Spaniard Rodrigo Ben-Azul has been at the Santiago Airport, in the capital of Chile, ever since he ran out of money. Ben-Azul told Chilean TV station Megavision, "I am trying to return to Spain. I'm waiting for them (family members) to send me money for the ticket."
The stranded tourist told the newspaper PubliMetro that he arrived to Chile in November to "resolve a dispute" with family members that lived there. Ben-Azul returned to the terminal and has spent the last eight weeks, including over Christmas and New Year's, waiting for relatives in Spain to send him money for his return flight.
Airport workers have witnessed Ben-Azul pushing abandoned luggage trolleys back into their spaces so he can claim the money. Workers also have seen him sleep in a small corner in the terminal, to wake up in the morning and look for food in dustbins and cigarette ends which can still be smoked.
Ben-Azul is often seen wandering the concourses, luggage in tow and headphones firmly placed in his ears.
His story is very similar of the Tom Hanks 2004 comedy movie, also starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, where Hanks' character Viktor Navorski is trapped in a terminal at New York's John F Kennedy Airport. The character cannot return to his fictitious country of Krakozhia due to a revolution, and so he stays in the terminal for nine months until the conflict is over.