The world’s tallest man, Sultan Kösen of Turkey, who stands at 8 feet 3 inches, attracted a great deal of attention at İstanbul Atatürk Airport on Monday before catching a flight to Los Angeles for the Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival.
Kösen is listed in the 2011 Guinness World Records as the tallest living man. He is set to attend the festival, the largest Turkish festival in the world, which will take place in Los Angeles on May 16-20.
There were many people at the airport who requesting a photo with Kösen. Because Kösen could not fit through the metal detector, security used handheld metal detectors to search him.
Kösen told reporters that the organizers of the festival had contacted him and asked if he was interested in helping to promote the event. “I accepted. After all, I would give all my efforts to promote my country. I have been to the US two or three times before. I have a little trouble with the seats on planes, but there is nothing that can be done about it. There is no rose without a thorn. I sit in the business class section as the seats are larger there,” he said.
Kösen received treatment at the University of Virginia Medical Center in May 2010 for a disorder called acromegaly, which is usually caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland.Last year, Kösen was placed on new medication that could potentially help control the production of growth hormone and stop his continuous growth.