Man 'wins' 80-day stay at airport

Aug. 9, 2011 at 9:33 AM
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A Canadian man says he's elated that he won a contest to spend 80 days living at the Vancouver International Airport.

Jaeger Mah was announced the winner of the airport's Live@YVR contest Monday to commemorate the facility's 80th anniversary, the Vancouver Sun reported.

He used social media to campaign for two weeks for the unusual prize of living at Canada's second-largest airport and documenting what goes on behind the scenes, the report said.

However, his experience won't be as arduous as the character played by Tom Hanks in the 2004 movie, "The Terminal," in which an immigrant is forced to live in an airport by red tape.

For Mah, 29, there will be little inconvenience, as the prize includes access to nearly all of the airport and a room at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, along with three meals a day from the facility's more than 400 businesses.

The prize comes with the condition Mah write a blog and produce four 90-second videos each week of behind-the-scenes activities on the Web site.

"I just got my security pass so I can get into all the secret places in the airport," Mah told the Sun. "It feels like I won the lottery."

He said he isn't short of story ideas, which include dogging celebrities who pass through the airport, going into Customs areas and finding out what happens to confiscated items and lost luggage.

His stay begins Aug. 17 and runs through Nov. 4.

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