Bay Area serial stowaway arrested at Chicago airport

Chicago Police Department shows 64-year-old Marilyn Hartman. Hartman who has a history of sneaking aboard airplanes was arrested again Wednesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. She is charge

Marilyn Hartman

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.

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

She's charged with felony theft and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing.

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. During various stages of her confinement she has been treated for psychiatric issues. They say Hartman spent the night in the terminal and walked right past two British Airways agents who were checking tickets.

Hartman reportedly made her way through a screening point in O'Hare's Terminal 3, then made her way to Terminal 5, where she boarded the British Airways flight.

Hartman has a history of arrests for trying to bypass security and sneak onto airplanes.

Hartman is back on the news again.

In 2015, she flew from Minnesota to Florida, and was imprisoned in Chicago for attempting to get through security at both of the city's major airports.

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McCarthy added, the next morning, Hartman was able to move past the ticket agents of British Airways and also a Customs and Border Patrol officer, to board the flight.

She hid in the toilets of the plane until take off, after which she found a vacant seat for the remainder of the nearly eight hour journey.

Instead, authorities say she made her way onto a shuttle bus to the International Terminal, even though fliers must show a plane ticket and a passport.

"She did not have a ticket", the source said.

She has said that homelessness drove her to take "desperate measures" and that she feels safer in airports than in the streets. "During the initial investigation it was determined that the passenger was screened at the security checkpoint before boarding a flight. Upon learning of the incident, TSA, and its aviation partners, took immediate action to review security practices throughout the airport", the federal agency said in a statement.

Hartman, a 66-year-old Grayslake woman with repeated arrests for trespassing at airports and sneaking onto planes, was captured on surveillance tapes about 2 p.m. January 14 in the first block of West Checkpoint 7a at O'Hare passing through security without a boarding pass or passport, according to Chicago Police.

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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