There are passengers who sleep overnight in the airport due to flight delays, some even taking a week or two, and others still for months.
Then there’s this 50-year-old Singaporean woman, who’s 10 years short of shattering the world record with a whopping eight-year stay despite owning her own three-room apartment, which she rents out for about $1,000 a month.
Global financial crisis in 2008, hit her really hard, she confessed, so she decided to move into the airport until she gets back on her feet. “At the time, I was stuck in a rut and had no other choice” she stated, explaining how it was terrifying at the beginning. But with the time, apparently, it became pretty practical living at the airport because, according to her words, an airport can provide you almost anything you need: supermarket, air-conditioning, showers, and free Wi-Fi! “I first came to the airport empty-handed, but after staying for some time, I have more things now”, she said, showing them her clothes, food, and other daily necessities.
The $1,000 rent she collect from her apartment tenants every month is more than enough for the woman to live comfortably, but she hopes to soon move out of the airport and put a proper roof over her head. “I intend to sell the flat and apply for a smaller two-room unit, to make life easier,” she said.
This 50 years old woman may be the most popular case now when she found her place in the media, but she’s definitely not the only person who lives at the airport. Cases of airports being made the home away from home has been a common sight in recent times, with over 10 Singaporeans being “regular guests” in the world’s best airport
“We will work with agencies like the Ministry of Social and Family Development, as well as Family Service Centers, to find the best way to help them” The Changi Airport Group said in a statemenT.