‘Serial Stowaway’ Arrested Again at Chicago O’Hare, Just Days After Being Released

Jan 29, 2018

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Marilyn Hartman, the “serial stowaway” resurfaced again this weekend at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD). On Sunday, Hartman was arrested at ORD, less than one week after she allegedly slipped past airport security and airline employees before flying without a ticket from ORD to London (LHR).

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the 66-year-old woman was seen trespassing at ORD just after midnight on Sunday in an area of the airport that caters to privately owned aircraft. After employees spotted Hartman and told her to leave, she refused and the employees called police. By the time authorities arrived, Hartman was gone. At around 1:35am, Hartman was spotted in the lower level of ORD’s Terminal 3 and arrested.

Image by the Chicago Police Department shows Marilyn Hartman, who added this month to her arrest record for sneaking onto planes after what police say was a ticketless flight from Chicago to London has been ordered released from jail, a judge said Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (Chicago Police Department via AP) ORG XMIT: CER202
Photo: Chicago Police Department.

Hartman was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to state land and violation of jail bond.

When Hartman was released from the Cook County Jail on Thursday from her prior run-in at ORD and LHR, the judge forbid her from touching foot in either ORD or Chicago’s Midway Airport (MDW). Following Sunday’s arrest, Hartman is being held without bond and will be back in court on January 31.

This is far from the first time Hartman has been arrested for trying to board aircraft from either of Chicago’s airports. In July 2015, Hartman was arrested for trying to board a plane less than 24 hours after being released from jail. Then, in 2016, Hartman was sentenced to six months of house arrest and two years of mental heath probation. In the past, Hartman has said that she is homeless and feels safer in airports than on the street.

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