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Judge Orders 'Serial Stowaway' Marilyn Hartman Held on $25K Bond

Judge Orders 'Serial Stowaway' Marilyn Hartman Held on $25K Bond

However, this is not the first time that Hartman has been detained for trying to bypass airport security in the USA and claimed she may have boarded planes without a ticket eight times.

Last Sunday, in Terminal 3 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, prosecutors say she slipped by two Transportation Security Administration PreCheck officers.

At the court, assistant state attorney Maria McCarthy said Hartman, after entering the security checkpoint, went to a terminal and attempted to board a flight going to CT. Media outlets have also called her a homeless loner bouncing between women's shelters and motel rooms up and down the West Coast over the past decade.

Marilyn Hartman, 66, faces a felony theft charge in connection with flying to the United Kingdom on a British Airways jet without a $2,400 ticket and a misdemeanor trespass charge in connection with getting into the airport illegally.

"British customs picked her up upon arrival after being forewarned by the airline there was a passenger on board without a ticket and a boarding pass, although she was able to find a seat", the spokesman said.

The so-called serial stowaway has been arrested several times across the country.




The Chicago Department of Aviation said no passengers had been put at risk.

"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", the statement said. "During the initial investigation it was determined that the passenger was screened at the security checkpoint before boarding a flight".

The TSA is no match for Marilyn Hartman.

"The only reason why you're not going to jail this time is because all these people that are here trying to help you still want to help you", Judge William Raines said in 2016. "I can't figure out why that is", Raines told Hartman, according to the Chicago Tribune's account of the hearing. Her movements were caught on video. 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.

Authorities are unsure of her motives, but the judge presiding over her 2016 case said he believed she was "addicted to the attention".

In 2016 she was sentenced to six months in a mental health facility in IL for attempting to bypass security at two of the state's major airports.


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