Man Arrested After Living for Three Months at Chicago Airport
A man who says that he was too afraid to fly due to the pandemic, has been living undetected in a secure area of Chicago’s international airport for three months. That was until this weekend, when he was arrested by the authorities.
Aditya Singh, 36, has been charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft. Prosecutors said Singh arrived at O’Hare on a flight from Los Angeles on Oct. 19 and allegedly has lived in the airport’s security zone ever since, without detection.
Airline staff asked him to produce his identification this weekend and he pointed to a badge. But that ID allegedly belonged to an operations manager who reported it missing in October.
He reportedly found the staff badge in the airport and was “scared to go home due to Covid”, Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hagerty said, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Aditya Singh told the judge that he managed to live on handouts from other passengers. Singh lives in a suburb of Los Angeles and does not have a criminal background. He has been barred from entering the airport if he is able to post the $1,000 bail.