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'Serial Stowaway' Arrested At Chicago Airport 3 Days After Getting Out Of Jail For Flying With No Boarding Pass
Marilyn Hartman has attempted to board flights without a boarding pass more than 20 times.
Marilyn Hartman was described as a "serial stowaway" by the Chicago Tribune due to her long history of sneaking onto flights. A judge barred Hartman from entering both O'Hare and Midway airports in Chicago after she was charged with felony theft for sneaking onto a British airways jet on January 14, 2018, according to CNN. She had reportedly flown to Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom without having paid for a ticket, which would have cost $2,400. She had no boarding pass and no passport. She was also charged with criminal trespassing over the incident.
After getting out of jail only three days prior, Hartman was arrested again at about 1:30am on Sunday at O'Hare. She is currently being held in police custody for violating her bail bond. She will be kept in custody until her court date on Wednesday.
Hartman had been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation after flying to Heathrow and was forced to wear an ankle monitor. The ankle monitor order, however, was later rescinded after her attorney successfully argued that the county that made the issue had no jurisdictional authority to monitor her in her home county.
Hartman had reportedly hid her face and walked past security officials checking passports when she flew to Heathrow. She had at one point tried to board a plane to Connecticut by scooting past travelers in line. She slept in the airport and later made it onto a flight to Heathrow but was turned around in London after being unable to provide the proper documentation to enter the country.
Police detained her upon her arrival back in the USA. The incident has launched an internal TSA investigation in an attempt to understand how she made it past security. They will be examining security footage from the crime.
According to NPR, Hartman has attempted to board flights without a boarding pass more than 20 times. She has been arrested at airports across the country, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and Chicago.
[Photo: Chicago Police Department]