Serial Stowaway Sneaks Onto Plane, Flies to London

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A United States woman has been charged with criminal trespass after boarding a flight from IL to London without a passport or ticket.

So-called "serial stowaway" Marilyn Hartman was arrested again by Chicago police Thursday night, after boarding a British Airways plane to London.

CBS news reported that Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Hartman managed to make her way through a federal Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at a domestic terminal without a ticket. Police said she also did not have a passport.

Hartman has been charged with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, and theft, a felony.

Sources told CBS Chicago that O'Hare security video shows Hartman had been wandering the airport for two days and no one questioned her.

Hartman, of Grayslake, Ill., was flown back to O'Hare and Chicago police and other officials were waiting for her when she arrived, prosecutors said. She then slept overnight at the airport after which she boarded a flight to London without a ticket the next day, prosecutors said Saturday. When it could be arranged she was returned to Chicago and was arrested at O'Hare on arrival. "During the initial investigation it was determined that the passenger was screened at the security checkpoint before boarding a flight".

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This isn't the first time Hartman has been caught attempting to board planes without a ticket.

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

"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", said Andrea Huffman, spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Aviation.

According to a Chicago Tribune report in March 2016, Hartman pleaded guilty after she trespassed into state land and was arrested at a bus shuttle center at the same Chicago airport. The judge dished out a harsh scolding as he recounted Hartman's history, which included several attempts to escape from mental-health facilities in IL.

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

Prosecutors say Hartman put her bag on the screening device, passed security and got in line for a flight to CT.

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