On Tuesday, The Times reported that a 66-year-old man was was detained at Toronto’s Pearson Airport by officials, who asked him why he was rushing from the terminal to catch a flight to London in a couple of hours, despite knowing he had never travelled to England. The man, born in Britain, claimed he was using his English to navigate the English language to catch a live Pokemon. John McFakeson and his girlfriend, who did not want to be identified, told the Times that McFakeson is an avid Pokemon player who constantly craves new creatures to catch.
“I’m a little bit of a loner at times, so when I know the tour bus’s coming, or the plane’s coming, it’s like the road to being happy and settled and settled in,” he told the Times.
McFakeson went to London to catch Pokemon on Tuesday. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)
McFakeson has posted numerous photographs of himself playing Pokemon as the Pokemon Go movie was released in theaters. He has also written about his experience on social media.
The newspaper reported on Tuesday that on Saturday, on a whim, after the jobless man was questioned by airport officials, McFakeson told CNN how his break from everyday life turned him into a Pokemon master.
McFakeson “was at Pearson Airport when he was interrogated by U.S. customs at the Toronto airport on Tuesday, he told CNN when asked if he made up his story,” according to CNN. “He claims the 35-hour trip across the Atlantic was all part of the Pokemon World Championship.”