'Serial Stowaway' Marilyn Hartman Arrested at O'Hare: Cops

Ivan Schwartz
January 23, 2018

A day later she boarded a British Airways flight.

She was arrested twice in two days in July 2015 for attempting to sneak through airports without a valid ticket.

This time around, Marilyn Hartman, 66, successfully made it all the way from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport on Thursday night, NBC Chicago reports.

At the court, assistant state attorney Maria McCarthy said Hartman, after entering the security checkpoint, went to a terminal and attempted to board a flight going to CT.

Judge Stephanie K Miller said: "There is no pun intended for your client, but she is a flight risk given the number of offences".

Charges include felony theft and misdemeanor criminal trespassing.

More recently, Hartman spent a year in Cook County Jail after repeated episodes of attempting to board aircraft at O'Hare and Midway worldwide airports, according to CBS Chicago.

After her arrest last Monday, Hartman, known as the 'serial stowaway, was flown back to the USA on Thursday, where she was charged with criminal trespass and theft. According to news reports, she usually tries to blend in with big groups to get past airport security.

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The Transportation Security Administration has launched an investigation into how Hartman was able to slip by security, a spokesman said in a statement Friday, according to the Tribune.

They said in a statement: "During the initial investigation it was determined that the passenger was screened at the security checkpoint before boarding a flight".

Lauren Huffman, spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation, said no passengers or visitors were placed in harm's way because of the incident.

Hartman has long struggled with homelessness and mental health and has had encounters with authorities at airports across the United States.

A furious Cook County judge ordered "serial stowaway" Marilyn Hartman locked up in a mental health facility for the next six months, telling her he is convinced she is "addicted to attention".

"The only reason why you're not going to jail this time is because all these people that are here trying to help you still want to help you". Her movements were caught on video.

According to CBS sources, CCTV cameras captured Hartman, of Hamelitz Court in Grayslake, U.S., as she wandered around the airport for two days without being confronted by security.

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