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

(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.

This photo released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office shows Marilyn Hartman.
This photo released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office shows Marilyn Hartman.   (AP Photo/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)
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