Thursday, 13 December, 2018

'Serial Stowaway' Woman Arrested For Flying To London Without Ticket

Chicago Police Department Marilyn Hartman poses for 'Serial Stowaway' Woman Arrested For Flying To London Without Ticket
Nellie Chapman | 22 January, 2018, 02:57

She first tried to board a plane to CT but was stopped and told to sit down by staff as she tried to "dart around" another passenger in the queue, Assistant State's Attorney Maria McCarthy told the court.

In 2014, she was caught twice; once trying to fly to Hawaii, and once successfully making it to Los Angeles.

A woman with a history of sneaking aboard planes slipped past security at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this week and was flying to London when the airline realized she didn't have a ticket.

She sat in an empty seat and was only caught when she showed her documents to a customs agent, McCarthy said. She was returned to Chicago and taken into custody immediately at O'Hare Airport.

Judge Stephanie K Miller said: "There is no pun intended for your client, but she is a flight risk given the number of offences".

Hartman was detained after arriving in the United Kingdom and later sent back to Chicago and charged with felony theft and a misdemeanour count of criminal trespass, CBS reports. "Upon learning of the incident TSA, and its aviation partners took immediate action to review security practices throughout the airport".

"We are working with our law enforcement partners to support a comprehensive and thorough investigation, while continuing to maintain the highest levels of security at O'Hare Airport", Huffman said in a statement.

A police spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times that Hartman made it onto the plane by "blending in with the passengers". " "Infamous serial stowaway" Marilyn Jean Hartman strikes again", says a Post headline from 2015.

At the time she was sentenced to jail, Hartman had been living at a mental health facility on the Near North Side of Chicago before violating the terms of her probation by leaving the facility and going to O'Hare. A lengthy profile published online in June 2015 painted a picture of a woman who had been estranged from family members in IL, who constantly felt "the need to get on a plane to go away", and who told wild tales of coverups and conspiracies.

Hartman claims she is homeless and feels safer in airports than on the streets. At a hearing Saturday afternoon, a judge ordered her released on her own recognizance, but ordered her to undergo psychological treatment and stay away from O'Hare and any British Airways planes. She recently left that facility.