Aviation

Man jailed after hiding in US airport for three months unnoticed

A man has been arrested after it was discovered he had been living in a US airport for three months.

Aditya Singh, a 36-year-old from California, was arrested when he was found hiding in a secured area at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, according to ABC News.

He was spotted by two United Airlines workers who asked to see his identification. The workers alleged he lowered his mask and showed a badge that belonged to an airport operations manager who had reported it missing, prosecutor Kathleen Hagerty said.

Police were called and Singh was taken into custody.

Hagerty said Singh was “scared to go home due to COVID” and that he had found the badge and had been surviving off food given to him by passengers.

His public defender, Courtney Smallwood, said it was unclear why Singh was visiting Chicago, and that he was unemployed and had no criminal record.

Singh is being charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanour theft.

Cook County judge Susana Oritz said it was worrying that he was able to remain in a secured area for so long unnoticed.

“The court finds these facts and circumstances quite shocking for the alleged period of time that this occurred,” she said, as reported by ABC News.

“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 (CDA) said in a statement that the man did not pose a security risk.

“CDA has no higher priority than the safety and security of our airports, which is maintained by a coordinated and multilayered law enforcement network,” the CDA said.

“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 travelling public. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners on a thorough investigation of this matter.”

Singh remains in the Cook County jail, with bail set at $1,000, and he is barred from setting foot in the airport.

[This article has been edited to include a statement from the Chicago Department of Aviation]


Featured image source: iStock/400tmax


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Here’s what will happen when the overseas travel ban is lifted on Monday, and everywhere Aussies will be allowed to go

The countdown is on for Australia’s big reopening, and we’ve got all the latest updates from the Health Minister, DFAT and just about everyone else right here.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Australia’s new budget airline reveals leadership team

While Bonza is branding itself as a low-cost carrier, the airline certainly isn’t being skimpy when it comes to leadership.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Australia’s Scenic Rim named among top destinations for 2022 by Lonely Planet

With overseas trips well and truly back on the agenda, the well-travelled folk over at Lonely Planet have unveiled their top picks for destinations next year.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

P&O and Princess extend Aussie cruise pause beyond February 2022

The two Carnival-owned cruise lines have continued their monthly ritual of extending their respective cruise pauses.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Get your butts on this virtual famil with Port of Seattle and you could win a $200 voucher!

While cruising remains uncertain in Australia, Seattle just wrapped up its 2021 season of Alaska sailings! Learn how the city managed pandemic cruising and get some sweet tips for your clients’ next US jaunt.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Landmark Italian tourism campaign set to launch in Australia and beyond

Italy’s new tourism campaign can be described as “grandioso”, “intelligente” and “opportuno”.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Flight Centre announces ‘Travel Runway’, a “revolutionary” digital experience

Flight Centre is channelling fashion shows for its new ‘choose your own adventure’ experience. However, that’s not to suggest Skroo will be strutting down a catwalk in heels.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Singapore reveals when it will start welcoming fully-vaxxed Aussie travellers

The move by the Singapore government doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but it’s a very welcome one nonetheless!

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

South Australia sets reopening date in new COVID Ready plan

The state has set a date to fling its domestic borders open and cut quarantine requirements for overseas travellers in half, so time to start dropping wine tour itineraries in your clients’ DMs.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Aussie tour company shifts into wellness tourism with massive rebrand

The company’s owner, Craig “Hassie” Haslam, reckons those who know him would get a real kick out of his shift into wellness travel, but an uber-popular yoga retreat changed his view.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Monaco is FOR YOU…At Last!

Believe us when we say that Monaco is not just a destination; it is the experience of a lifetime. But, if you and/or your clients need more convincing, give this a read.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Cathay Pacific’s Richard Jones

Cathay Pacific’s regional marketing and sales boss has been keeping himself busy restoring an old seat and “attacking” his garden. He’s even contemplating a backyard decking project.

Share

CommentComments