Serial Plane-Hopper Strikes Again

Feds are yet again trying to figure out how Marilyn Hartman pulled it off
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2015 11:14 AM CST
Serial Plane-Hopper Strikes Again
In this Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Marilyn Jean Hartman appears in court in Los Angeles. Hartman, 62, accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights and sentenced to jail for one incident in California.   (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Brittany Murray, File)

The Transportation Security Administration is investigating how a woman with a history of boarding airplanes without a ticket was able to fly, ticket-free, from Minnesota to Florida. Marilyn Hartman was arrested Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla., and is scheduled to appear in court there today. Police say the 63-year-old Hartman told investigators she boarded the plane in Minneapolis-St. Paul without a ticket and flew to Jacksonville.

Hartman then boarded a shuttle to an upscale hotel and the driver asked if she was a specific guest. She said yes and used that name to check in to the hotel, where she was later arrested. Hartman has made several attempts to sneak aboard flights elsewhere. She was jailed last August for taking a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket; she was released three days into her six-month sentence, which did not go well. Hartman would also really like to get to Hawaii. (More Marilyn Hartman stories.)

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