Being stuck at an airport is most travellers’ worst nightmare.
But not for Canadian man Jaegar Mah, who checks in at Vancouver airport today to begin 80 days and nights confined to the terminals, where he will report on airport life and the unique stories of passengers passing through the gateway.
The 29-year old beat 95 hopefuls to win Vancouver airport’s live@yvr contest – launched to mark its 80th birthday – and a full-time job to live onsite and share his airport experiences live via a daily blog, facebook and twitter posts.
Mah begins his assignment today in style – on a Learjet aircraft that will touch down at the airport at 10am (local time).
Passengers passing through the Departures level of the International Terminal will have the chance to chat with Mah in a ‘living room’ that has been set up for his first day ‘at the office’.
Equipped with a mobile phone, microphone, video and editing equipment, Mah will spend his remaining 79 days roaming from terminal to terminal, with near-unlimited access to the airport, talking to whoever he happens to meet and sharing his daily insights via social media.
The job comes with its perks: an honorarium of CA$15,000, plus $50 a day food allowance to spend in the terminals and a suite at the onsite Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, boasting floor-to-ceiling views of the runways.
Mah said his first investigation will be to find out what happens to confiscated items.
British novelist, Tony Parsons recently moved into a hotel at London Heathrow airport and spent a week with passengers and staff, as inspiration for his first collection of short stories.