'Serial stowaway’, 66, sneaks past US airport security AGAIN and flies to London without a ticket

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Marilyn Jean Hartman was arrested after flying to London from Chicago without a ticket or passport (Police handout)

A woman who has managed to sneak onto planes and fly without tickets for years has once again done the seemingly impossible.

Marilyn Jean Hartman, 66, boarded a flight in Chicago without being spotted and flew to Heathrow, where she was arrested.

Hartman managed to not only get past security, but fly without a ticket, boarding pass or passport.

After her arrest last Monday, Hartman, known as the ‘serial stowaway, was flown back to the US on Thursday, where she was charged with criminal trespass and theft.

The 66-year-old managed to bypass security at Chicago’s O’Hare airport (Rex/stock photo)

America’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now investigating how Hartman managed to sneak past security.

They 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.”

Lauren Huffman, spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation, said no passengers or visitors were ever at risk.


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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 has been caught attempting to board various flights over the years and was jailed in 2015 for trying to bypass security at Chicago’s two major airports. In 2016, she was sentenced in Chicago to six months of house arrest and placed on two years of mental health probation.

She apparently tries to blend in with large groups to get past airport security, according to previous reports.

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