Senior Stowaway Arrested Yet Again
She was spotted on 'scouting mission' at LAX
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2014 12:57 AM CDT
This photo released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office shows Marilyn Hartman.    (AP Photo/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A persistent stowaway "fixated on flying" was arrested again at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday just hours after a court ordered her to stay away unless she had a boarding pass, police say. The airport's chief of police says fliers of 62-year-old Marilyn Hartman had been distributed to airport police and staff. "It's a big deal when anyone tries to avoid security, be it a 62-year-old grandmother or a 24-year-old terrorist," he tells the Los Angeles Times, adding that "not in my backyard she's getting on a plane without a ticket."

Hartman—who made it from San Jose to LAX without a ticket this week—was seen wandering through airport terminals for an hour in what police suspect was a scouting mission. After pleading no contest to a trespassing charge for the successful stowaway attempt, she promised to take a bus back to the Bay Area, where she is already barred from San Francisco International Airport. "Does she have a mental illness? She might, but she doesn't have what is defined as a major mental illness," a district attorney tells ABC.

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Lou Bernardo
Aug 8, 2014 11:56 AM CDT
She should try to sneak on a cruise ship. They'd have to keep her onboard until the ship returned to port. Of course that would be difficult with all the ID you need to get on. About the only thing that doesn't require ID today, in the U. S., is to enter a voting booth.
Butch Lemmon
Aug 8, 2014 11:55 AM CDT
Yes! I like flying too. But I stay away from airports.
Rob-1.
Aug 8, 2014 10:28 AM CDT
She was looking for a senior discount.