The Tom Hanks' movie Terminal is one of my favorites. It follows the story of a man stuck in the JFK airport because his country underwent a revolution while he was in flight, thus invalidating his passport.
That film was inspired by the true story of an Iranian asylum-seeker who was stuck inside France's Charles de Gaulle airport for 18 years.
However, I'm not sure if Hanks will want to reprise his role for the most recent iteration of "man stuck in transit," which involved a California man hiding for three months in Chicago's O'Hare Airport because he was deathly afraid of COVID-19 and didn't want to fly.
I mean, seriously dude?
First of all, if you're going to avoid exposure to disease, an airport is probably the worst place you could pick to do so. You'd be better off licking the doorknobs of a daycare during flu season.
Second of all, if you're too concerned about flying, why not just leave?? He could have left anytime he wanted and rented a car – or gone off the grid to escape the Ronapocalypse if he so desired.
He also doesn't seem to fit the bill of "random crazy guy" either. The man, 36-year-old Aditya Singh, has a master's degree in hospitality, no criminal record, and had a life in Los Angeles that he just apparently up and left. He just flew to Chicago on October 19 and never left the airport from that time on.
Here's how I imagine his hearing went down:
"So if I understand you correctly," said a very confused judge when prosecutors brought the case to her, "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."
Singh was detained on Saturday when two United Airlines employees asked to see his ID. He apparently showed them a badge he'd stolen off an operations manager, which led to them calling police.
Authorities have no idea why Singh came to the Chicago area in the first place.