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'Serial Stowaway' Is Caught Yet Again

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | May 07, 2015

'Serial Stowaway' Is Caught Yet Again

The troubled woman who has come to be known as the "Serial Stowaway" was arrested again last week; this time at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

Police arrested Marilyn Hartman for loitering in a restricted area at the airport, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. She was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and released, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Hartman, 63, has drawn international attention for her numerous attempts at stowing away on flights – at least two of which have been successful, prompting security concerns at airports and with airlines.

Police picked her up for alleged loitering in a restricted area. Hartman

Hartman has reportedly said she is homeless and feels safer in airports than on the streets.

In February, Hartman boarded a flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Jacksonville, Fla. without a ticket. Not only that, but after arriving in Florida she was able to check into a hotel under a false name and spend a few hours in the room until the real guest showed up.

Hartman was arrested by the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office and charged with fraud/impersonation, defrauding an innkeeper, and trespassing.

In August of last year she was sentenced to six months in jail after violating a parole agreement stemming from an incident in which she breached security at San Jose International Airport and boarded a Southwest Airlines flight to Los Angeles. She was only discovered after the flight landed at LAX and flight attendants did a head count for anybody who was remaining on the aircraft that continued on to Phoenix. When flight attendants realized there was one more passenger than what was listed on the manifest, they asked everyone to show their boarding pass. Hartman could not produce hers and was taken off the plane and arrested.

Last February, she tried to board three separate flights to Hawaii on three different days at San Francisco International. On one of those attempts, she somehow made it all the way to the plane and was sitting in a ticketed passenger’s seat. When she couldn’t produce a boarding pass, she was removed from the flight before takeoff and arrested.

How Hartman is continually able to board flights without a ticket – getting past not only a gate agent but security before she even reaches the gate area – is perplexing and concerning.


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