Notorious Stowaway Strikes Yet Again, TSA Says

Marilyn Jean Hartman has become known as the 'Serial Stowaway'
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2018 3:10 PM CST
Marilyn Hartman in a booking photo in Chicago.   (Chicago Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – A woman who's become known as the "Serial Stowaway" thanks to her repeated attempts to sneak onto commercial flights has been arrested once again. Marilyn Jean Hartman, 66, was detained last week after officials tell the Chicago Tribune she made it past TSA at O'Hare and spent the night in the airport before boarding a flight without a ticket and flying all the way to London. Hartman was charged with felony theft related to the British Airways ticket and with trespassing. Despite her colorful criminal history, which includes three attempts to stowaway to Hawaii, Hartman was released on her own recognizance following a court hearing held Saturday in Chicago. A judge ordered Hartman to wear an ankle monitor until this case is closed. Per the Tribune, Judge Stephanie K. Miller deemed Hartman a flight risk, "no pun intended."

Hartman's mental health and history of homelessness have long been a concern as she appeared time and again in criminal courtrooms on the same charges, NBC Chicago reports. Hartman was living at a mental health facility when she was last sentenced to a year in Cook County Jail for violating the terms of a 2016 probation sentence by going to O'Hare. On Saturday, Judge Miller ordered Cook to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, according to the Tribune. TSA officials did not say how Hartman is alleged to have made it past airport security. In a statement, the agency called the investigation "ongoing." The Chicago Department of Aviation told the Washington Post that no passengers were endangered by Hartman's actions. This is Hartman's first arrest since 2016.

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