Homeless Chef Lives in London Airport for Three Years

Posted March 10, 2008 by Carl Unger

Airportsleepingmanweb A man has apparently been living in London’s Gatwick Airport for the better part of the past three years, despite several forced removals and brief imprisonments during that time.  Anthony Delaney, out of work for several years after losing his job as a chef, ate, slept, showered, and generally passed the time at Gatwick, always returning after his occasional departures (both to the local jail and the unemployment office to collect his checks).

Personally, I didn’t initially see any harm in an individual, clearly in desperate and dire straits, shacking up in an airport.  There’s plenty of food (overpriced, low-quality fast food mostly, but I digress), bathroom facilities, even showers, apparently.  It’s a public place, so why not?

Then I thought—ah, security.  I’m assuming Delaney spent most of his time outside the security checkpoints in the general ticketing and waiting area, and didn’t often venture into the boarding areas.  But still, the possibility of a rogue airport resident infiltrating security probably makes a few people nervous, even though a homeless chef hardly seems like a clear and present danger.

Disregarding these legitimate concerns, I do have to applaud Delaney for his resourcefulness.  He found the one place where food, clothing, shelter, bathing facilities, and even nonstop entertainment are housed under one roof.  If I ever open my checking account and find myself a little light, I know where I’m heading.  I mean, if Tom Hanks can pull it off...

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This seems like an urban legend that is always being circulated. Hasn't this happened before at other airports?

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 01:41 PM by Erin

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