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Aditya Singh

Man lives in airport due to Covid fears.

A man has been found living inside Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s security zone for months because he was allegedly too scared to fly home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aditya Singh, 36, arrived in Chicago in October before he was found months later by United Airlines employees in the airport’s restricted area.

When stopped and searched, he was found to be carrying an identification card belonging to an operations manager who reported it missing the same month Singh arrived at O’Hare from Los Angeles.

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He was subsequently arrested after he failed to show any identification of his own.

According to Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hagerty, Singh, who lives in a suburb of Los Angeles and does not have a criminal background, claimed he stayed in the airport for months because he was too “scared to go home due to Covid.”

Hagerty told the judge that Singh managed to live off handouts from other passengers passing through the airport.

Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz expressed surprise, asking: “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 19 October 2020 to 16 January 2021, and was not detected?”

Singh was charged with felony criminal trespass, with bail set at $1,000. He cannot visit an airport until his court appearance later this month.

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