A California man who was afraid to fly due to COVID-19 lived inside the secure area of an O’Hare International Airport terminal for nearly three months before being caught on Saturday, prosecutors said.
The man, who was found to have an airport worker’s misplaced credentials, survived “largely from other passengers giving him food,” Assistant State’s Attorney Kathleen Hagerty said.
Aditya Singh, 36, arrived at O’Hare’s Terminal 2 on a flight from Los Angeles on October 19, Hagerty said.
Saturday morning, two United Airlines employees confronted Singh at the airport about his status and asked to see his work ID, Hagerty said.
According to his defense attorney, Singh, who has no criminal background, lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Orange, California.
Prosecutors charged him with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft.
Ortiz denied a defense request to allow Singh to fly home while the case works its way through the court system. »