Bangkok's Homeless are Turning Decommissioned Planes Into Makeshift Homes

By Attila Nagy on at

Somewhere in the outskirts of the Thai capital, unused aeroplanes stored in a private field have become homes for three poor families. This is the darker side of the most populous city in Thailand.

Over eight million people live in Bangkok, in a city where migration, unemployment and poverty force tens of thousands to live in extremely poor conditions. The three families you can see in the photoset below can’t afford to rent any flat, so they decided to move in the discarded aeroplane bodies, a rusty Boeing 747 jet reincarnated. They collect and recycle garbage for a living, and earn a couple of pounds a day.

Getty photographer Taylor Weidman documented the family’s daily life among the dismantled airliner fuselages.

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Bangkok's Homeless Are Turning These Decommissioned Airplanes Into Makeshift Homes

Photos: Taylor Weidman/Getty Images