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Man lived inside O’Hare for 3 months before detection

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A California man who police said claimed to be too afraid to fly due to COVID-19 hid out for three months in a secured area of O’Hare International Airport until his arrest. Two United Airlines employees approached Singh and asked to see his identification. Singh showed them an airport ID badge that he was wearing around his neck, which actually belonged to an operations manager who had reported it missing Oct. 26. (www.chicagotribune.com) और अधिक...

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rayzeeman
Ray Zimmermann 80
Are they sure he wasn't just waiting for his luggage?
mariofer
mariofer 9
Your comment just made my day LOL. Cheers!
pmpbrg
Hernán Bowley 4
dfreder1
Doug Fredericks 32
3 months at O'Hare - I think he has already paid his debt to society.
FINERCONSIGNOR
Janie Jessee 3
jvarble
JAMES VARBLE 14
Another job well done by TSA.
4mydarkside1
Tim Danaher 3
HAHA that is exactly what I said after we read it here..It probably was a United Manager ID.
ADAvViation
Antonello Davi -9
NOTHING TO DO WITH TSA. THE EMPLOYEE THAT LOST THE ID HAS TO REPORT IT TO ORD SECURITY AND AT THAT TIME; THEY SHOULD HAVE REMOVED THE ID FROM ACCESSING ANY ENTRY POINTS. WHAT IS NOT CLEAR IS WHERE SPECIFICALLY WAS HE LIVING. THE REPORT STATES THAT HE WAS CHALLENGED ON THE SIDA (RAMP) I HAVE NO IDEA HOW HE WOULD LIVE ON THE RAMP AS THERE IS VERY LIMITED AREAS TO ACCESS FOOD. HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO ACCESS SECURITY DOORS FOR THAT. I THINK THE GUY THAT LOST IT DID NOT REPORT IT OR THE AIRPORT GOT IT WRONG NUTS
msetera
Michael Setera 17
4mydarkside1
Tim Danaher 2
Nothing to do with TSA? Um all of us that work at the airport have had where TSA has given us a hard time about something. Yes the employee should have reported it but how is it he was able to keep coming to work with no ID if he did report it? Could the badging office have screwed it up, sure especially with everything that has been going on. I am sure they will figure out what happen but we will never hear about it..
4mydarkside1
Tim Danaher 5
Also are TSA not the people who are in charge of security? Maybe they should worry less about sneaking on planes and more about who is where..
MrTommy
MrTommy 2
I'm sure the guy who lost his badge did report it. Otherwise how could he get into secure areas to work. Singe just stayed in that secure area (about which I know nothing) and never left. Ballsy , I'd say.
tongo
Dan Grelinger 1
The article says the badge was reported missing, so you are correct on that. But, the article quoted the assistant district attorney saying that he was getting food from passengers. So, it appears he was regularly moving between secure areas.
MrTommy
MrTommy 2
You're right. I forgot that point. But that's still a lot of 'begging' to get enough food to survive for three months. I still find it odd that nobody noticed this. Nobody!
srobak
srobak 1
Have you ever been to Rd? I can assure you it would be very easy to become incognito there.
MKanzler
Mark Kanzler 1
It was reported as missing.
mduralia
Mike Duralia 12
"Singh lives with roommates in Orange, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles, and does not have a criminal background, according to Assistant Public Defender Courtney Smallwood. She said he has a MASTER'S DEGREE IN HOSPITALITY and is unemployed."

Looks like the degree finally provided some benefits...
srobak
srobak 2
Master's degree in hospitality? Riiiiiight
mbrews
mbrews 11
Maybe the extended stay at ORD mimics the plotline of the 2004 Tom Hanks film "The Terminal"
Andromeda2017
Andromeda2017 1
ADAvViation
Antonello Davi -4
HE WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN CHALLENGED IF HE LIVED IN THE TERMINAL.
IAOA
IAOA 17
Please stop shouting. Your other post , too...
skylab72
skylab72 2
Maybe he is using an old Western Electric TTY and a character only browser...?
srobak
srobak 3
However that would have exposed him to a million times more risk than if he just got on the damn plane.
georgeschultenkamp
George Schultenkamp 5
When he was too afraid to fly why did he go to the airport in the first place?
And when he realised his fear why didn't he go back home?
DRotten
D Rotten 6
'Airport Security' = Political Theatre!
bcarlson56649
Bob Carlson 3
Story link above does not work, it's only for paid subscribers to the Chicago Tribune. But you can read it here on Yahoo: https://news.yahoo.com/man-lived-inside-chicagos-o-035700406.html
pilot62
Scott Campbell 5
Maybe the extended taxi @ KORD felt like 3 months
4mydarkside1
Tim Danaher 1
Porkchop
Larry Terry 4
Airport food. You can't beat it!
tsilver473
Tony Silverstrå 12
AndyBeckett
Andy Beckett 4
Lets make it a movie Terminal 2
srobak
srobak 3
4mydarkside1
Tim Danaher 1
patpylot
patrick baker 5
if he did no damage to property, then he cannot be a danger to the community. Bathing and toilet use may have been problematic. The use of the stolen/misplaced airport id badge is criminal. Self preservation,if he authentically believed the story he told, is barely criminal. He pointed out security lapses, and thank him for that, not imprison him to make the lawyers feel justified and airport administrators less culpable. He has documented evidence of covid infestation in illinois jails, so lets not send him there,rather, ship him home , to california , where covid runs rampent. Looks like he can't win either way.
tongo
Dan Grelinger 10
I found the judge's comments at the end of the story very hypocritical: “The court finds these facts and circumstances quite shocking for the alleged period of time that this occurred,” the judge said. “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.”"

So, he was in a secured area for 3 MONTHS! with humongous opportunity to be a danger, and wasn't, and THAT makes him a danger? As a reasonable person, I suggest that having SUCH An OPPORTUNITY to be a danger and NOT being a danger, would suggest he is not a danger.
marcusangelus
Mark Jenkins 4
The situation was outrageous, but it is easier to hold responsible the man who was clearly wrong in his behavior than to hold responsible the people and organizations that should have detected and corrected the problem much earlier. Needing to show some action, the judge perhaps overreacts to the individual in lieu of reacting to the more systemic problem. Hopefully there will be an internal review by the organizations involved that will lead to changes to prevent this situation as well as more significant threats to safety from occurring in the future.
MarinusBlomme
Marinus Blomme 2
Nah, that's just too logical.
msetera
Michael Setera 2
Sounds like it would be a good story for a movie. Oh, wait, there already is one.
GaAubie
Ken Hardy 6
He was a staffer for Nancy Pelosi who missed his connection to Washington

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tongo
Dan Grelinger 2
Awesome! Two trolls fighting!
GaAubie
Ken Hardy 1
Ok, my mistake, this guy was a Biden staffer looking to see how the new President could kill off air travel to appease AOC and her Greenies. Biden got a good start this week " Helping " the American people by killing the XL pipeline, 11,000 jobs gone and prices at the pump going up while more money flows to OPEC, just the kind of " Help " Americans need. LOL
k9wrangler
Karl Scribner 3
Chill dude, gas has only gone up 50 cents since the 20th...new motto $4 by the 4th!
watkinssusan
mary susan watkins 2
this brings to mind the movie from a few years back called "the terminal"..it was quite entertaining!
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 1
My question is, if the man who lost hi ID for this guy to find it, then why was the "lost, missing, stolen" ID not deactivated o it would not let anyone who possessed it access to those areas?
tongo
Dan Grelinger 1
It may have been. Door drafting is not uncommon, especially when you see the person behind you with a supposedly valid ID.
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 1
It is entirely possible, I see the same at my apartment complex and the broken gate arm due to people trying to zip through after a resident uses the key card to open the gate. I know how to stop such, but most entities would not want to pay for damages to vehicles.

How to stop it at doors is a difficult issue, but surely someone could come up with a way to stop such.
tongo
Dan Grelinger 2
I know of 3 ways, but only one of them would be reasonable for an airport. Guards at all entry/exit points, secure entrances that utilize two doors and floor sensors to allow only one person through at a time, and cameras at all access points, along with a sample audit of camera recordings to check for people allowing door drafters and a penalty system for those caught allowing the drafters.
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 2
I was thinking along the lines of double doors with the first entrance only being big enough for one person to enter and locking when the card is swiped to unlock the secure door. Those who suffer from claustrophobia might have issues with that though.

Guards are an expensive proposition, but camera audits would be doable along with the immediate firing of those busted for such. It would take just a couple of people being fired before it would stop.
dlfehmel
Doug Fehmel 1
Guess if he had an income, he could live anywhere he wants. Free lodging, but I guess he had to use his credit card for food. Showering or cleaning up everyday, was in accordance with his religion. Crazy.
tongo
Dan Grelinger 1
The article says he got food from other passengers.
ManuelBoavida
Manuel Boavida 1
Bizarre story, why he did not went back home?
srobak
srobak 1
Because he needed a plane to get there
LFroehlich
Lawrence Froehlich 1
ORD should charge him rent at the going rate.
kerimparrot
Mike Williams 1
How did he get to the windy city? The VIRUS scare has been going.
Super security!!!!!!!!!!
dlfehmel
Doug Fehmel 1
Probably more like eating leftovers out of garbage cans.
jfmitch1716
Jim Mitchell 1
Hahahahahaha you got this one right
FINERCONSIGNOR
Janie Jessee 1
CHBHA
CB HARDY 1
Is that the record for longest layover? Maybe not.
magarity
magarity kerns 1
Arriving on an inbound flight means he properly went through security to be in the secured area. What's the problem here besides that for some reason he nicked someone's ID but didn't use it for anything except to stick around late nights?
tongo
Dan Grelinger 1
There are multiple tiers of security at major airports. It appears that he transitioned from the lowest level of security (occupied by common passengers) into a higher level of security (with direct access to the exterior or airplanes). I agree that this specific incident isn't alarming (it is obvious this guy wasn't trying to hurt others), but it does shed some light on a security vulnerability.
magarity
magarity kerns 2
I'll take your word for it but the version I read wasn't clear at all except "secure area" which I took to be the passenger areas. If a badge reported missing back in Oct is still opening doors to ramp areas then they've arrested the wrong person.
tongo
Dan Grelinger 2
You don't need an airport ID badge to be in the public secured area. The reason he was asked by airline employees to see the badge was because he was in a more secured area, one that required an airport ID badge.
volsocal
Mark Gibbs 1
"Catch Me If You Can" comes to mind. TSA should take Singh off the court system's hands and pay him to test airport security nation wide.
srobak
srobak 1
No. You do not reward deceit, deception, impersonation, exploiting security compromises and lying.
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 2
It happens all the time. Where have you been?

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