Real-life 'The Terminal': Foreigner trapped in NAIA for 110 days finally flies home

European tourist Roman Trofimov — who was forced to make a home out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for over three months — is finally flying back to his home country Estonia.

Real-life 'The Terminal': Foreigner trapped in NAIA for 110 days finally flies home

European tourist Roman Trofimov — who was forced to make a home out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for over three months — is finally flying back to his home country Estonia.

“With the help of God and thanks to all people who supported me in this difficult time, I am going home now!!! My flight will land in Tallinn on July 8th at 13:20 (1:20 p.m.)! Thanks for sharing my story with the world. Good advice you give me and kind words of support. We made it people!” Roman capped his 110-day stay at the Manila airport beginning March 20.

In a dramatic unfolding of events compared to the plot of the Tom Hanks movie "The Terminal," where a European tourist took up temporary residence in an American airport after circumstantially being stranded, Roman found himself in the crossfire of travel restrictions due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Through a viral post last Friday, he appealed for help from local and international media who have since picked up his story in order to aid his repatriation.

“I am European from Estonia held in Manila International Airport for more than 100 days need any help getting out of here. I arrived in Manila on March 20th and been denied entry, the airline who flew me in, AirAsia took my passport and stopped operations that same day I am not allowed to fly out...I am a person with disability, my health is getting worse because of malnutrition, lack of sun and fresh air.”


Prior to returning home, Roman had been staying at the departures area and even slept on the floor of the Philippines' busiest airport.


Source: https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/on-the-radar/2020/07/08/2026542/real-life-the-terminal-foreigner-trapped-naia-110-days-finally-flies-home?fbclid=IwAR0pGeT9h-63YLhdDMz8sKJyO02dyE4bwt1Rq4MVVZnq0fS-Wq-qM_V4cJw


From Roman Trofimov post:


First week in the Philippines March 20, 2020. NAIA - Terminal 3

The soul wasn't a dirty toilet where they didn't even change the hand soap.


The cockroaches were all over the terminal and crawled right all over me when I was sleeping, constant light, and the peas music for the whole terminal that turned on automatically every 10 minutes around the day and night the same song. Every day, hundreds of arriving Filipino OFW (workers abroad) passed by us, we were not even given a mask to protect against the virus, and the floor is where we slept there was not washed there.


There were other passengers who did not let in, the airport staff were pressured every day with the terminal to close soon and better buy a ticket back and fly away. I think such conditions were created specifically to provoke people to leave the airport as soon as possible so that airport managers have fewer problems.

When immigration refused to enter the country I was taken to this place where 3 people slept on the floor and said I need to eat until April 15 until April 15, I have to buy food for my money, places to buy There was no food besides Jollibee fast food, all restaurants in the terminal and its surroundings were closed and that the choice was limited and the prices are washed. I thought I was going to die here in the terminal, it was impossible to sleep, there wasn't even a window. I didn't have a phone to call anyone at that moment...


Source: https://www.facebook.com/roman.trofi.18/posts/146603027068486


From Roman Trofimov post:

On Saturday, the airport police officers came, they asked me if everything was okay, told them that the airline provides little food only lunch and dinner, there is no time. They said they would match AK, but nothing has changed yet, they still give only water and bread (price of bread 0.12 euros thing).


And a few weeks ago and water with bread in the morning, AK stopped giving saying that stocks ended up talking to AirAsia guards why can't they go to the store and buy, it's like talking to a wall zero result. Then accidentally showed up their boss asked her and she rolled me a scandal accusing me of being stuck here and still see the audacity to demand something in general very inappropriate to me in the end I asked what her name is because she violates all the rules. She quickly closed her badge with her hand and continued what I got the phone and recorded it, ended up, but the precipitation remained. Such an appeal to the passengers who are stuck here, they completely deny responsibility and still starve for 3.5 months.


In the end, after the scandal breakfast (if that's what you can be called) began to supply again, but the nasty precipitation was washed. The airline treats me like a criminal, human rights or basic courtesy they don't worry about...


Source: https://www.facebook.com/roman.trofi.18/posts/150062026722586


Estoninan Stuck in NAIA Philippines Pleads for Help

In a viral Facebook post, an Estonian man named Roman Trofimov seeks help as he claims to have been stuck in NAIA for over 100 days.

His full statement read:

"I am European from Estonia held in Manila International Airport for more than 100 days need any help getting out of here.

I arrived in Manila March 20th and been denied entry, airline who fly me in AirAsia took my passport and stop operations that same day i am not allowed to fly out. AirAsia say i need to wait for Enhanced Community Quarantine to be over before i am allowed to fly I don’t know details.

Estonian consulate is no help either.

I held inside NAIA airport Terminal 1 for more than 100 days.

I am person with disability my health is getting worse because malnutrition, lack of sun and fresh air.

I have no other choice, but to go public please share with news agencies."

In a video which he posted along with his statement, he claimed that upon arriving on March 20, he had to sleep on the floor and on metal benches. He also claimed that he was given food and transferred to the passenger lounge only after he was able to contact the Estonian consulate on April 1.


Source: https://www.facebook.com/DailyGuardianPH/photos/a.1043193922367239/3485997098086897/?type=3&theater


Estonian national trapped in NAIA for 110 days is finally on his way home


After getting trapped in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for 110 days, an Estonian national on Tuesday evening is finally on his way home.

“After media attention, my embassy and airline fixed it very fast in two days. ...I left NAIA at 8 p.m., yesterday (Tuesday),” Roman Trofimov told ABS-CBN News. 


"AirAsia informed me about flight details and only given me less than hour to get ready so I did not even have time to take shower or have dinner. Even despite that, I feel great knowing that I am a free man now," he added.

Trofimov had just landed in Amsterdam and is expected to arrive in Estonia later Wednesday.

The media relations of NAIA said the Estonian national is under the care of AirAsia. 

AirAsia told ABS-CBN News that they covered the costs of accommodation and food, three times a day, of the stranded foreigner, while his exit flight was arranged in coordination with the Estonian Consulate General in Manila.

Trofimov, a 36-year old software engineer, said he arrived in the Philippines on an AirAsia flight from Bangkok last March and was headed for Cebu as a tourist.

He only found out about the enhanced community quarantine during his interview with the Bureau of Immigration and stayed in Terminal 3 for a week then in a lodging facility provided by AirAsia afterwards.

“The airline also started to provide meal two times a day, but only plain rice and meat, lunch and dinner. No breakfast. All stores in [the] airport were closed except Jollibee. So I [have] been eating rice and meat for 3.5 months and [my] health got bad now because I was a vegetarian before I come [here],” Trofimov said.

He added that he was only given two pieces of bread and two bottled water for breakfast.

"Even that breakfast stopped at one point since they say stock run out and was waiting two weeks for them to even give this breakfast again and constant fighting with them to resume this 'breakfast,'" he said.

Trofimov said he had a hard time during his stay here in the Philippines.

"I am a disabled person, my back hurts everyday because this facility is not meant for people to stay for so long. Because of plain food and no vitamins I feel very weak and depressed," he said.


Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/07/08/20/estonian-national-trapped-in-naia-for-110-days-is-finally-on-his-way-home?fbclid=IwAR0KBDh_abEk7r2XBcppQSfifbi_8ifjci9uggWpgsrtTHbUyI0OIYnOb-U

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