Infamous serial stowaway sneaked past security - again - and flew to London

Marilyn Hartman | Cook County sheriff's office

The next day, Hartman managed to get past British Airways ticket agents and onto a plane, prosecutors said.

She was arrested twice in two days in July 2015 for attempting to sneak through airports without a valid ticket.

And in 2016, an IL judge sentenced her to two years of probation and six months at a mental-health facility, where she had already been staying, after she was arrested again at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

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. She has also been told to undergo psychiatric treatment.

Hartman is charged with felony theft and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing. She was jailed in Chicago that same year for trying to bypass security at the city's two major airports.

She was arrested on landing at London Heathrow and sent back to Chicago.

She then boarded a flight to the United Kingdom and was detained by British Customs Officials at Heathrow International Airport in London on January 15, police said. According to news reports, she usually tries to blend in with big groups to get past airport security.

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




Marilyn Jean Hartman on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

Hartman was living at an apartment facility for low-income seniors before her latest arrest and is due in court on Saturday.

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

Instead, the agency released a statement saying, "This matter is subject to an ongoing investigation and TSA is working closely with our law enforcement and airline partners in that effort", according to the Chicago Tribune. Her movements were caught on video.

Ms Hartman also has a history of attempted escape from mental health facilities.

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.

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

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