A dozen ideas for man stranded in airport for 16 days
If you missed 2004's The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks (pictured at left) and directed by Steven Spielberg, don't bother: It is one of my least-favourite films of all time. Don't get me started...
That said, its premise is interesting: Inspired by the 17 years Iranian refugee Mehran Karimi Nasseri (pictured below) spent in Paris's Charles de Gaulle International Airport, it follows a (really annoying) man who becomes trapped in New York's JFK airport for nine months when he is denied entry to the United States and can't return to his native country because of a revolution there. (I also suspect he couldn't go home because he was really annoying. OK, I can move on now...)
Compared to Nasseri's 17 years, or even the fictional nine months endured by Hanks' annoying character (I really am done now, I promise), recent reports of Syrian refugee Wasfi Tayseer Jarad's 16 days at Dubai International seem positively mundane. Jarad, 34, is apparently in a similar situation to the aforementioned terminal-dwellers: Unwilling to return to war-torn Syria, he has been given permission by Dubai authorities to travel anywhere that will take him. Trouble is, no country has taken him in yet, including Jordan, where his family fled from Syria.