Man Arrested After Living at Chicago Airport ‘Due to Fear of Covid’

By Kurt Stolz on 18 January 2021
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In what was not a remake of the 2004 movie “The Terminal,” a man spent three months living airside in Chicago O’Hare International Airport “due to fear of Covid,” authorities there reported.

Aditya Singh was questioned on Saturday by two United Airlines employees and he showed them an airport ID badge he was wearing around his neck that had been lost by an operations manager at the aerodrome who had reported it missing on October 26, 2020.

He survived in part thanks to other passengers who brought him food.

The airline employees summoned police, who took Singh into custody late Saturday morning in Terminal 2 near Gate F12, and charged him with criminal trespassing in a restricted area of an airport – a felony – and theft, a misdemeanor, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Singh was arraigned in bond court Sunday, where prosecutors said that he had arrived at O’Hare on a flight from Los Angeles on October 19 and had reportedly lived airside at the airport without being challenged or detected.

The judge in the case, Susana Ortiz, was incredulous at the allegations.

“So if I understand you correctly,” Ortiz said, “you’re telling me that an unauthorized, nonemployee individual was allegedly living within a secure part of the O’Hare airport terminal from October 19, 2020, to January 16, 2021, and was not detected? I want to understand you correctly.”

As a condition of bail, Singh was barred from entering the airport again.  He is due back in court on January 27.

In setting the terms of his bail, the judge said she found him to be “a danger to the community.”

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