Polish man 'lost' inside Sao Paulo airport for 18 days

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    Robert Wladyslaw Parzelski's story draws comparisons with Steven Spielberg's 2004 comedy The Terminal

    He came from London not Krakozhia and Catherine Zeta-Jones was not waiting for him at customs.

    But the tale of Robert Parzelski, a 44-year-old Pole "lost" inside Sao Paulo airport for 18 days, has captivated the Brazilian public and drawn comparisons with Steven Spielberg's film The Terminal.

    In the film Viktor Navorski, of fictional Krakozhia, finds himself marooned inside New York's JFK after the US severs all ties with his homeland. Navorski (Tom Hanks) enjoys a lengthy but action-packed stay, dating a flight attendant (Zeta-Jones).

    The real-life story of Mr Parzelski, a London-based car electrician, began more mundanely. He reportedly landed at Sao Paulo's Guarulhos airport on June 17.

    But without a return flight, a word of Portuguese or a penny to his name, he decided not to venture outside. Instead, he set up camp on an airport bench and waited, supposedly for a friend who never came.

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