'Serial Stowaway' Racks Up 2 More Arrests
This time, Marilyn Hartman was busted in Chicago
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2015 2:02 PM CDT
This undated booking photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Department shows 63-year-old Marilyn Hartman.   (Cook County Sheriff's Department via AP)
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(Newser) – No amount of arrests will deter Marilyn Hartman from trying to sneak onto airplanes, apparently. The so-called "serial stowaway" was arrested twice more recently for loitering in terminal areas at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports, the AP reports. She was allegedly in a restricted area near a ticketing counter at O'Hare on April 24, and near a TSA checkpoint at Midway on Sunday. She was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing on state land both times, and was released the first time but is being held now. According to ABC 7 Chicago, the 63-year-old has been arrested 11 times since last year in airport incidents:

  • In February of last year, she tried three times to stow away to Hawaii from San Francisco; she was released the first two times (even though, the very first time, she actually made it onboard a plane) but after the third incident, she spent eight days in jail.
  • Then, in August, she actually did manage to fly from San Jose to Los Angeles sans ticket; she was arrested in LA.

"What needs to happen is for someone—a doctor, probably—to sit down with her and find out what she needs that she’s not getting," an advocate for homeless people who are mentally ill tells the San Francisco Chronicle.