A U.S prosecutor said that a man who was frightened to fly due to the pandemic lived for three months undetected in Chicago’s International airport.
The 36 years old, Aditya Singh was identified in the airport after he was asked by the airline staff to provide his identification.
He was handed a badge that belonged to an operations manager. Soon, the airline staff found that the badge was reported missing in October. Then, he was arrested by the Chicago airport police.
Police reported that Mr. Singh arrived on a flight from Los Angeles to O’Hare International Airport on 19 October.
Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hagerty said that the man found the staff badge and “was scared to go home due to COVID”, the Chicago Tribune stated.
It has been said that the man managed to live on passengers’ handouts.
The Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz expressed surprise at the circumstances of the case, BBC News reported.
Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood stated that Mr. Singh does not have a criminal background and it is unclear why he has traveled to Chicago.
“He has been charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft. He has been barred from entering the airport if he is able to post the $1,000 (£738) for bail”, BBC reported.
The Chicago Department of Aviation said in a statement that, “While this incident remains under investigation, we have been able to determine that this gentleman did not pose a security risk to the airport or to the traveling public.”