Postcard: London

Among the travelers at Europe's busiest airport are a surprising number of homeless--and they're not going anywhere. A night with Heathrow's down-and-out jet set


Heathrow's homeless have blended in amid its masses of stranded flyers.

It's a familiar scene: 3 A.M. at Heathrow Airport, and people are sprawled across plastic benches in various poses of contortion. To be in transit is to be disconnected, but for some of those sleeping here, the rootlessness is not temporary. Each night, scores of London's homeless men and women take advantage of modern travel delays by posing as stranded passengers in order to sleep in a warm, safe place. They play a cat-and-mouse game with police, often donning floral shirts, fanny packs and other travel accessories to blend in. And their increasing ability to disappear in Heathrow's swelling crowds of...

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