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Someone lived in Chicago’s O’Hare for 3 months due to fear over coronavirus

A man lived in Chicago’s O’Hare airport for months because he was worried about COVID-19

This Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, booking photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office shows Aditya Singh. Singh, of California, who told police that the coronavirus pandemic left him afraid to fly was arrested on charges that he hid in a secured area at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for three months.
This Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, booking photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office shows Aditya Singh. Singh, of California, who told police that the coronavirus pandemic left him afraid to fly, was arrested on charges that he hid in a secured area at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for three months.
Cook County Sheriff’s Office via Associated Press

A man decided to live in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for three months because he was worried about flying during the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Associated Press.

The man was recently arrested after living in the airport for three months, eating food given to him by strangers, ABC News reports.

  • “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,” the Chicago Department of Aviation said in a statement Monday, per ABC News. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners on a thorough investigation of this matter.”

Wait, so what happened?

OK. So here’s the story. Aditya Singh, 36, told police he was worried about flying because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He decided to live in the airport instead.

  • According to CNN, Assistant State’s Attorney Kathleen Hagerty said in court that Singh said he was “scared to go home due to COVID.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, Singh was discovered after two United Airlines employees asked him for identification. He then showed the employees an airport ID badge that had been missing since October.

  • “So if I understand you correctly,” Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz was reported saying in court Sunday, “you’re telling me that an unauthorized, non-employee 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.”

The punishment

Per ABC News, Singh was charged with impersonation in a restricted area of the airport and for theft of less than $500.