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The Terminal Man (Alfred Mehran, Andrew Donkin)

The Terminal Man (Alfred Mehran, Andrew Donkin)


The Terminal Man is the extraordinary story of Mehran Karimi Nasseria(1945-2022), better known as 'Sir Alfred' of Charles de Gaulle Airport. Nasseri was an Iranian refugee who lived in the airport’s Terminal 1 from 1988 until 2006, first in legal limbo because he lacked residency papers and later by apparent choice.


Year in and year out, he slept on a red plastic bench, making friends with airport workers, showering in staff facilities, writing in his diary, reading magazines and surveying passing travelers. Staff nicknamed him Lord Alfred, and he became a mini-celebrity among passengers.


In 2004, Nasseri's autobiography, The Terminal Man was published. It was co-written by Nasseri with British author Andrew Donkin and was reviewed in The Sunday Times as being "profoundly disturbing and brilliant". Nasseri's story inspired the 1993 film Lost in Transit and the 2004 film The Terminal. He returned to living at the airport in September 2022, and died there of a heart attack in November 2022.

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