Thursday, 13 December, 2018

'Serial Stowaway' Marilyn Hartman arrested again at O'Hare

Marilyn Hartman who has 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 realised she did not have a ticket. Chicago Police Department via AP 'Serial Stowaway' Marilyn Hartman arrested again at O'Hare
Nellie Chapman | 29 January, 2018, 05:12

The woman known as a "serial stowaway" for her years-long history of sneaking onto airplanes was arrested once again at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport early Sunday - just two weeks after she managed to board a flight to London from the same airport.

Marilyn Hartman, 66, was barred by a Cook County judge from entering the airport after she was charged earlier this month with felony theft for allegedly sneaking onto a British Airways jet at O'Hare and flying to the United Kingdom without a $2,400 plane ticket.

She left before police arrived.

According to police, officers responded to a call around 1:25 a.m. Sunday about a woman refusing to leave the Signature Flight Support area at O'Hare, where passengers wait to board private flights. They initially could not find her, but after search they found and identified Hartman in Terminal 3.

Hartman has been arrested several times across the country for trying to evade airport security. In addition to last week's ticketless flight to London, Hartman has pulled similar stunts at least eight times in 2014 and was also arrested twice in 2015.

Marilyn Hartman was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor trespassing on state land.

Cook County Sheriff officers drove her home Thursday night after she was released on bail, partially on the condition that she would not get arrested while awaiting trial.

"Yes - yes, your honor", she said, barely above whisper.

She will be back in court January 31. So she's stuck in jail for the foreseeable future.

"We have a woman who is obviously suffering and in need of significant services", she said, according to the station.

At the time she was sentenced to jail, Hartman had been living at a mental health facility on the Near North Side before violating the terms of her conviction by leaving the facility and going to O'Hare.

The serial stowaway sneaks onto planes without a ticket or passport.