AN ELDERLY woman from India has had a real-life experience of the role Tom Hanks played in the movie Terminal. Without a visa for the Schengen zone, she got stuck in the transit zone of Bratislava Airport, the daily Nový Čas wrote. The woman slept in a small room designed for such an eventuality and depended upon food delivered to her by the airline company. The woman was travelling to Italy to visit her son, but due to a mistake by a partner of the Slovak airline company, she was left at Bratislava Airport on Sunday, January 18, without a visa for a Schengen-zone country and Slovak police could not let her into Slovakia.
“I do not know where I am or what I am doing here; I am travelling to Italy to see my son,” the woman told the Nový Čas daily. On January 25 she flew back to India.
“Our partner in India made this mistake; they should not have transported a passenger without a visa for the Schengen zone to Slovakia,” the manager of the Air Slovakia airline company, Robert Sita, said.
2. Feb 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports