Italian traveller Salvatore Qvero was on his way to Boston from Austria last month when his flight made a stopover in Iceland. He got off the plane easily enough, but when it was time to get back on, he wasn't allowed to board.
The problem was that he only had a one-way ticket, and with heightened security measures in place, one-way tickets are considered suspect.
Qvero has another problem – no money, and winter is coming fast.
“I am broke, unemployed, and have no family,” said Qvero in an article in the Reykjavik Grapevine.
He has been looking for work, but that is difficult given that he does not have a “kennitala” – a personal identification number required in order to work in Iceland. He says he has applied for one, but has not yet been approved.
The Italian embassy put him up in a hotel for three days, and has told him they will help him find work, but he has yet to hear from them. He has also been staying at a Salvation Army shelter.
Qvero also refuses to accept money.
"I have my honor to defend," he said. "I want to work."
His immediate goal is to earn enough to get him to Stockholm or London where he has friends. And with winter fast approaching, he’s concerned about sleeping on the streets if he doesn’t get work soon.