The fear of catching the coronavirus was said to be the reason why an American lived in Chicago's O'Hare Airport for three months before he was finally captured on 16 January.
Aditya Udai Singh, 33, had arrived at O'Hare from Los Angeles on 19 October last year, but lived undetected in the airport's security area before he was finally found, reported the Chicago Tribune.
The Californian was finally caught after two United Airlines employees asked for his identification, and he had presented an airport ID badge — which had been reported as missing in late October by an operations manager.
The court heard that Singh claimed to be "scared to go home due to Covid" and that passengers had provided him with food. He has since been charged with impersonation in a restricted airport zone, and for theft of under US$500, according to CNN.
The incident also raises serious questions regarding how an unauthorised person was able to gain access to a restricted area of one of the busiest airports in the US and went undetected for such a long period of time.