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Serial Stowaway Stopped at O'Hare Checkpoint

Marilyn Hartman faces felony trespassing charge
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2019 11:19 AM CDT
Marilyn Hartman, in a Chicago police booking photo last year, faces a new charge.   (Chicago Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – A 67-year-old woman who regularly has tried to sneak onto airline flights is due in court Sunday after being arrested at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. Marilyn Hartman was taken into custody Friday night when trying to rearrange TSA lane dividers so she could sneak by a second checkpoint, officials said. She's now up on one count of felony criminal trespassing, ABC reports. Hartman had no boarding pass or identification, per CBS. She's on probation for trespassing and under order to stay away from O'Hare and Midway airports unless she has a boarding pass. Hartman pleaded guilty in May to taking a flight to London without a ticket.

Hartman has been arrested often after stowing away on flights, trying to get through security without a ticket and violating probation. She's been jailed, and has apologized in court and told reporters that she won't try to sneak onto planes anymore. The Chicago Tribune details 20 clashes with the law. (Hartman once tried three times to fly free to Hawaii.)

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