The Homeless People of Heathrow Airport

Is that a stranded traveler sleeping on the couch in a Heathrow airport terminal? Nay, that's Michael, one of about a hundred homeless people who call the London airport home. Some of them have suitcases in order to better "blend in" with the real travelers:

Over the past three months, it has been discovered that 111 people are sleeping permanently at Heathrow, and the numbers are growing - 20 homeless are believed to be living at Gatwick and more are expected.

Airports are seen as warm, comfortable havens and safer than sleeping rough. Yet charity workers say the homeless have to play a 24-hour-a-day cat-and-mouse game to avoid detection by police and airport security and being thrown out onto the streets.

Peter Mansfield-Clark, a director of the charity Crawley Open House, based near Gatwick airport, explains: 'These people take a rucksack with them with a change of clothes. They use the toilet areas to wash or shave and make themselves look tidy.

'They'll often be in travel gear, so they appear as if they're waiting to go off somewhere or have just come back. If you look the part, you've a chance of being able to sleep without anyone disturbing you.'

Some of the homeless deliberately put on floral shirts, as though they are about to fly to a holiday in the sun, to help escape suspicion.


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Hello everyone,please this is very serious,these people must be desperate and need support.They probably made some mistakes but who hasn,t,we should think of a way to pull together,you have a job now but don,t know what the future holds,i heard about an incident where a young man lost all his family in a car crash and became an alcoholic/homeless for years but a lady offered him shelter,clothes and that man is a teacher.for those of you who dont know the lord,get a bible and you,ll find true love.Remain blessed.
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These are people who need help,it could happen to anyone,we should all think about this happening to a family member,we,ll do everything in our power to help them,i am praying for them,i am a barn-again christian and with God on my side i intend getting the homeless people of the streets and helping them get back on track coz when they do,they in return start working and it helps everyone.God bless you all.
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Yeah, Heathrow is pretty intense security. After going through the metal detector, the guard frisked me rather intimately. I just figured he was copping a brief feel.

Seems a little hard to believe.
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