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Bay Area stowaway arrested again (w/video)

  • Federal law enforcement officials say Marilyn Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. She was arrested for unknown reasons at the Los Angeles airport on Thursday, Aug. 7. (AP Photo/San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)

LOS ANGELES — A woman who flew from San Jose to Los Angeles without a boarding pass and has made repeated attempts to sneak aboard flights was arrested again on Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, was taken into custody at Terminal 7 at LAX at about 11:15 a.m., airport police spokeswoman Belinda Nettles said in a statement.

Police did not immediately say why she was arrested, but a judge a day earlier had ordered Hartman to stay away from the LA airport after at least seven past attempts to sneak aboard planes.

"It was stupid, and it is something that I don't want to repeat," Hartman said as she left court Wednesday, vowing to never again board a plane without a ticket.

She had pleaded no contest to willfully and unlawfully entering the city as a stowaway on an aircraft, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to 24 months' probation and ordered to keep away from LAX.

Hartman had recently left mental treatment that she had been ordered to attend.

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

On Monday she had made at least three attempts to get to a plane before she finally went past a screener who was busy checking a family's documents at Mineta San Jose International Airport, according to law enforcement officials. They would speak only on condition of anonymity because the security breach is being investigated.

She then went through the electronic screening process before entering an airport terminal.

Her boarding status was discovered once Southwest Airlines Flight 3785 landed in Los Angeles, the officials said.


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