Aditya Singh was reportedly arrested Saturday for living within a secured area of O’Hare International Airport for three months.
Singh was hiding out at the airport because he was too afraid to fly due to Covid-19, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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Prosecutors reportedly said Singh flew to O’Hare from Los Angeles Oct. 19 and was “scared to go home due to COVID.” (RELATED: More Suspected Counterfeit Coronavirus Test Kits Are Being Seized At Airports)
Singh was being provided food from other passengers while living in O’Hare, the Chicago Tribune reported.
When two United Airlines employees approached Singh early Saturday, he allegedly pulled down his mask and showed them an airport ID badge belonging to an operations manager. The employees then called the police.
“So if I understand you correctly, you’re telling me that an unauthorized, nonemployee individual was allegedly living within a secure part of the O’Hare airport terminal from Oct. 19, 2020, to Jan. 16, 2021, and was not detected? I want to understand you correctly,” Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz said, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Ortiz has reportedly barred Singh from visiting O’Hare again if he is able to post $1,000 to secure his release. Prior to his arrest, Singh had no criminal history, according to the Tribune.