A 66 year old who has apparently managed to sneak onto planes and fly without a ticket “for years” was arrested in Heathrow Airport, London after managing to pull the stunt again on a flight from Chicago.
Marilyn Jean Hartman boarded a flight in Chicago, managing to get past security and on the plane without a boarding pass or passport.
She was arrested earlier this week and will be flown back to the US by Thursday, where she will be charged with criminal trespass and theft, according to this report.
America’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now investigating how Hartman managed to sneak past security.
TSA said in a statement: “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.”
They added however that no passengers or visitors to the airport were ever at risk, said Lauren Huffman, spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation.
She added in a statement: “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.”
Hartman’s history as a ‘serial stowaway’ stretches back for years, and she was jailed in 2015 for trying to bypass security at Chicago’s two major airports. The following year, she was sentenced in Chicago to six months of house arrest and placed on two years of mental health probation.
Her modus is that she tries to blend in with large groups to get past airport security, according to previous reports.
Hartman was living at a housing facility for low-income seniors before her latest arrest and is due in court on Saturday.