After spending more than three months living on the airport tarmac, a man was acquitted of trespassing charges after the judge ruled that he had ‘no intent to stay.’.
A man was acquitted after spending three months living in Chicago O’Hare Airport. He was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, but the judge ruled that he had a right to be there.
After three months of living at Chicago O’Hare Airport, a man was acquitted.
on October 27, 2021 by Gary Leff
After United Airlines personnel met him outside Gate F12 in January, a guy who had resided at Chicago O’Hare for three months was detained. He presented an airport ID he’d picked six months before, which no one believed.
Because he was scared about Covid-19, he spent October 19, 2020 to January 16, 2021 at the airport. He flew into O’Hare, but did not continue on to India as scheduled. The airline cabin, however, would have been safer from Covid than the airport itself. He was reliant on others’ kindness in picking up meals for him, and he conversed with passengers about Buddhism and Hinduism.
For his time in a restricted area of an airport, the guy was charged with felony criminal trespass. And now he’s been acquitted without having to defend himself. After all, he had passed security and was permitted inside the guarded area. Despite the fact that he was acquitted of trespassing, he is still facing legal consequences. He was free on bond while awaiting trial, and he was accused with breaking his electronic monitoring.
It wasn’t unusual for individuals to live at airports during the Covid period owing to travel restrictions that stopped them from entering countries or returning home, and we’ve even seen people living in airport lounges because they couldn’t afford to pay an airline change charge.
Because the Tom Hanks film The Terminal is partially based on his tale, Mehran Karimi Nasseri is perhaps the most renowned individual to live at an airport.
- The guy lived at Terminal 1 of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for 18 years. He said that he was expelled from Iran after criticizing the Shah, and that he was finally given refugee status in Belgium. He relocated to the United Kingdom, but misplaced his paperwork, alleging that his briefcase had been stolen. When he returned to the United Kingdom, border officers denied him admission and sent him back to Paris, where he had originated.
- Nasseri was given residency in France and Belgium, but he refused to sign the paperwork since they classified him as an Iranian, and he wanted to be a British citizen, as his father is from the United Kingdom, and he wanted the records to reflect the name Sir Alfred Mehran.
People being stranded at airports aren’t uncommon, but they’re not unheard of either. The following are three examples from the last decade:
- After running out of money, a Taiwanese guy spent more than a week living at the Perth, Australia airport. He arrived at the airport, but his flight was weeks away, and he couldn’t afford the change costs to fly Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ low-cost airline.
- In 2013, Ahmed Kannan worked at the Kuala Lumpur airport for four months. His passport was taken when he travelled to Turkey without a visa. He had overstayed his Malaysian visa and was thus unable to enter the country.
- Edward Snowden was held at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for 39 days before being given temporary refuge. While on way to Russia, his US passport was canceled.
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