Serial stowaway sneaks onto O'Hare plane, flies to London: Cops


Hartman reportedly said she "may have" boarded aircrafts without a ticket eight times, the report said.

She initially walked past two TSA pre-check officers in O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 3 but was turned away by a gate agent when she tried to board a Connecticut-bound flight, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office. She confessed later she had boarded the flight without a ticket, said McCarthy.

She then slept overnight at the airport after which she boarded a flight to London without a ticket the next day, prosecutors said Saturday.

A woman notorious for sneaking onto commercial airplanes has once again been arrested - this time after making her way through a federal checkpoint at O'Hare International Airport and onto a plane that flew her to London, authorities said.

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.

This is Hartman's first arrest in Chicago since 2016, but she has a long history of trying to sneak onto airplanes.

"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 statement.

Marilyn Hartman. Hartman
Marilyn Hartman. Hartman

Several media outlets, including The Washington Post, have documented Hartman's misadventures and often referred to her with a nickname. Media outlets have also called her a homeless loner bouncing between women's shelters and motel rooms up and down the West Coast over the past decade.

Hartman was next expected to appear in court on January 25.

But why the airport? A lengthy profile published online in June 2015 painted a picture of a woman who had been estranged from family members in IL, who constantly felt "the need to get on a plane to go away", and who told wild tales of coverups and conspiracies.

She has said that homelessness drove her to take "desperate measures" and that she feels safer in airports than in the streets.

"They just hope I kill myself or act out against society", she told the magazine during an interview while she was jailed in Florida.

She appeared before a judge Saturday afternoon, after which she was released under her own recognizance. She recently left that facility.