Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor and wanted whistleblower, is officially a man without a country. He's reportedly still
Hollywood's version aside — see Tom Hanks in The Terminal — it's unlikely that anyone could exploit the limbo status of an airport transit zone for very long.
Incredibly, Snowden's precise whereabouts continue to be a secret: He's eluded the press several times, booking seats on various Aeroflot flights to Havana and then pulling a no-show. A day ago he was said to be at the Capsule Hotel, located in the transit zone at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. Today, his whereabouts are still a mystery.
Rules on how long an international transit flier can stay in an airport without actually entering the country vary, of course, and while the Russian government's official posture is that Snowden is technically not on Russian soil, it's clear that the policies of the home country have a lot to do with how someone in his situation is treated.