A man living inside an airport for three months? It sounds like the sequel to the Steven Spielberg movie The Terminal.
But this story is far from fictional or historical, in fact, it happened as recently as a few days ago.
The Chicago Tribune reports that, after coming to the United Stats five years ago to complete a master’s degree program, Aditya Singh said goodbye to his friends in California on the 19th of October 2020, and boarded a Chicago-bound flight from Los Angeles to begin his journey home.
So, how did he manage to stay away from security, the police and CCTV while the airport was empty? According to reports, the 36-year-old stole an identification badge belonging to an operations manager at the airport. The man reported it stolen on the 26th of October, only a few days after Singh arrived.
Singh managed to live inside the airport’s security zone until two United Airline representatives approached him over the weekend. They asked him to show his identification card. He then showed them the identification card that he stole and took his mask off to show his face.
Since reports have surfaced, a friend of Singh said they texted each other frequently while he was living inside the airport. At first she didn’t believe him, but he shared photos of his experience inside the airport with her that led her to believe he was actually doing it.
To be honest, we can’t blame her for not believing him. It sounds strange, weird, wonderful and ridiculous at the same time.
He is currently being held in the local county jail until his court appearance.
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