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Woman flies from America to London without ticket, passport

23 January, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Melinda Barton
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She boarded a British Airways flight the following day.

Hartman has been arrested several times on trespassing charges for trying to sneak onto planes at O'Hare and Midway, including trying to board a plane at Midway without a ticket in July 2015 less than 24 hours after being released from jail.

Well, one IL woman just managed to make it all the way from Chicago's O'Hare to London's Heathrow airport-and it was far from the first time she'd tried to pull off her stowaway stunt.

Marilyn Hartman, 66, managed to get through a federal Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at a domestic terminal without a ticket before taking a shuttle to the global terminal.

She was charged Saturday with felony theft and misdemeanor criminal trespass to land and issued a $25,000 personal recognizance bond with mandatory electronic monitoring.

More recently, Hartman spent a year in Cook County Jail after repeated episodes of attempting to board aircraft at O'Hare and Midway worldwide airports, according to CBS Chicago.

She was arrested on landing at London Heathrow and sent back to Chicago.

"British customs picked her up upon arrival after being forewarned by the airline there was a passenger on board without a ticket and a boarding pass, although she was able to find a seat", the spokesman said.


Hartman reportedly said she "may have" boarded aircrafts without a ticket eight times, the report said.

After sleeping overnight in O'Hare's worldwide terminal, she somehow made it past British Airways staff and a Customs and Border Patrol office.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said no passengers had been put at risk.

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".

Hartman has long struggled with homelessness and mental health and has had encounters with authorities at airports across the United States.

At the time she was sentenced to jail, Hartman had been living at a mental health facility on the Near North Side of Chicago before violating the terms of her probation by leaving the facility and going to O'Hare.

"And it's not as if she is, 'Catch me if you can.' It's nearly like, 'Just come catch me, ' " Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Allen told reporters during the hearing.

Hartman has said she is homeless and feels safer in airports than on the streets. He also predicted that she'd end up back in court.

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