In March I wrote about Marilyn Hartman, the Bay Area lady that was caught repeatedly trying to sneak onto flights to Hawaii. She never quite made it onto a plane at the time, though did make it past security.
Over the past several months I’ve seen a few more reports of her trying to sneak onto a plane, though it looks like earlier in the week she was actually successful.
Airplane stowaway Marilyn Hartman, who was arrested Monday for sneaking onto a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles, was busted again Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport – a day after her release from jail, airport police said.
Hartman, 62, had been released Wednesday afternoon after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of stowing away. A Los Angeles court commissioner gave her two years probation and ordered her to stay away from LAX unless she had a valid ticket.
On Monday she actually successfully snuck on a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles. Then she was arrested, released, and almost immediately tried to sneak onto a plane yet again:
Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom Wednesday, Hartman had cited her homelessness, which she said drove her to take “desperate measures,” and added that she felt safer in airports than the streets. She swore she would never repeat the move because “I certainly don’t want to do any jail time.”
Hartman said she had $4.25 in “piggy bank change” to her name and was unsure how she would get back to the Bay Area. She said her debit card was stolen Friday, when she would have gotten a Social Security check.
Hartman has no known family, and each time she was taken into custody, she declined to fill out emergency contact information, said Steve Wagstaffe, district attorney of San Mateo County.
It’s really just a sad story, and it’s clear she needs help, though I guess this is where the “system” is broken — she doesn’t seem to have family, and the only place they could refer her was a mental health program for felons, which she apparently didn’t like and walked away from.
But here’s the bigger question — how the hell did she manage to sneak onto a plane? She has tried to do this more than a handful of times before at the same airport, so you’d think they would know who she is by now. How did she get through security, and even more importantly, how did she actually sneak on a plane?