Deterred by the widespread scare of coronavirus, an Indian-American was arrested from an airport in Chicago after hiding himself there for nearly three months.
The 36-year-old was too scared to fly due to the prevailing pandemic. So he decided to stay in a secure area of the Chicago’s International Airport. He was undetected for months and was feeding on handouts from other passengers.
Aditya Singh was arrested by US authorities for hiding himself in secure area at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport since October 19, 2020. However, it is not clear what brought Singh to Chicago.
Singh, who lives in the suburb of Angeles, California, was charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanour theft. He was arrested after airline employees had dialed 911 and Singh was taken to custody.
The prosecutors have informed the court that Singh had taken a flight from Los Angeles and arrived at O’Hare and lived there since.
Singh was detained after two United Airlines staff intervened and asked the former to produce his identification. He showed them a badge, which belonged to operations manager who had reported it missing in October.
The Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz had expressed surprise and said: “So if I understand you correctly, you’re telling me that an unauthorised, non-employee individual was allegedly living within a secure part of the O’Hare airport terminal from Oct. 19, 2020, to January 16, 2021, and was not detected? I want to understand you correctly.”
Taking cognizance of the unusual incident, the Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood has noted that Singh has master’s degree in hospitality and is unemployed. He does not have a criminal background too.
However, judge Ortiz observed, “Being in a secured part of the airport under a fake ID badge allegedly, based upon the need for airports to be absolutely secure so that people feel safe to travel, I do find those alleged actions do make him a danger to the community.”
The Chicago Department of Aviation, which oversees the city’s airports, has also observed that Singh did not pose any threat to the airline or the travelling passengers.