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Marilyn Hartman, a serial American stowaway with a history of unlawfully boarding planes without a ticket, was detained at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and is back in prison.
The 69-year-old, nicknamed the “Serial Stowaway,” was apprehended when her computer watch reportedly went off as she entered the home where she was living. On Tuesday, March 16, she was arrested trying to stowaway on a flight at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
According to the Associated Press, she is reportedly being detained on a trespassing charge.
Marilyn has snuck into over 30 commercial flights without buying a ticket.
She got past screening at O’Hare and boarded a flight to London Heathrow without a visa or a reservation in 2018.
She was last apprehended in October 2019 while attempting to get through screening at Chicago O’Hare, one of the busiest airports in the United States.
Following the most recent attack, Cook County Judge David Nararro told Hartman: “You didn’t just go for a walk; you went to the one spot you can’t go… O’Hare International Airport”
She has been charged with evading electronic surveillance and is scheduled to appear in court again on Monday, March 22.
Andrea Lubelfeld, Hartman’s lawyer, said that she went to the airport for the first time in a year because she was angry after seeing herself in a TV news interview.
Andrea Lubelfeld added: “She has a mental illness that was triggered by something out of her control, and she reacted not, perhaps, in making the best choice.”
Her most recent arrest came just two weeks after a court turned down a plea bargain for 18 months of probation for a prior stowaway attempt.
Hartman will face a criminal escape charge, according to police.
Hartman first boarded an undocumented flight from Chicago to Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2002. That same year, she flew to Paris on an international flight without a booking.
She was apprehended while travelling from San Jose, California, to Las Vegas in August 2004.
When asked how she got through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints without a boarding pass, she told CBS News, “I was always let through. I mean I was able to go through the security line without a boarding pass.”
She added: “I got by them, this is the thing that is so crazy, by following someone they would be carrying like a blue bag. And the next thing I know, I get into the TSA line and TSA lets me through, and they think I’m with the guy with the blue bag.”