Marilyn Hartman is quickly becoming a celebrity at airports beyond the west coast, it seems.
I first wrote about Marilyn Hartman last March, when she was arrested at SFO after trying to sneak through security several times without a ticket.
We haven’t heard much about her lately, at least until now. This time she has changed up venues a bit, as she got arrested in Florida at a hotel.
Hartman’s latest travelog begins in Minnesota, according to Bill Leeper at the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.
She told deputies she traveled to Jacksonville on Sunday without a ticket. Authorities are investigating whether she stowed away or not. She did not give an airline name.
Once in Jacksonville, she hopped a hotel transport to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, about a 30-mile drive from the airport, where she checked into another person’s room under her real name and paid with her own credit card.
Hartman bolted when the person who had booked the room showed up. She was found Monday, staying in another room at the resort that was being renovated.
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
I’m still curious how she actually got to Minnesota, and also how she flew from Minnesota to Florida, which is information that hasn’t yet been released.
This is all a terribly sad but also terribly fascinating story. She’s apparently homeless and feels safest at airports. They tried to check her into a mental health facility, but she refused to follow orders and left.
And the worst part is how smart she clearly is. It’s one thing if she were always caught at the checkpoint, but she’s consistently making it through the security checkpoint, and even onto planes and into hotels. So while it’s clearly not her intent to harm anyone, it’s also clear that her behavior won’t stop without some intervention.
I have no clue what the solution is, but overall I can’t help but feel bad for her…
What do you think? What’s the solution for dealing with Marilyn Hartman?