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Woman Stowaway Who Sneaked Onto Flight Arrested Again

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Wednesday Night, Marilyn Jean Hartman walks out of Superior Court near LAX. For the crime of "illegal stowaway" She was given 24 months probation and ordered to stay away from LAX. I asked her "You've done this 7 times (trying to stowaway on planes) are you ever going to do it again?" She laughs "NO!"  (Hal: You're done?) I'm done.” (Marilyn Hartman)

But, apparently she wasn't says LAX Police Chief Patrick Gannon. He says after the 62-year-old homeless woman left the courthouse yesterday - after she was given a sentence of 24 months probation and an order, from the court "to stay away from LAX unless you have a valid ticket to fly," she went to Santa Monica, then Union Station where she hopped a LAX Flyaway Bus and headed to terminal 2 Thursday morning. She told us last night she only had $4.25 when she left the courthouse, but police say, she also had a debit card and enough money to buy a couple of airplane tickets.

Given her history, Gannon says he was concerned she was coming back to LAX. He says, “We were prepared. We worked closely with TSA and our other airport partners to distribute fliers with her picture on it.”

After terminal 2, the Chief says, she went to several terminals “In what appeared to be she was scouting them out. She did not try to get inside TSA screening at any of the terminals but was very cognizant how each of the terminals were laid out.”

An hour after she got there, when it was clear she had no interest in buying a ticket, she was arrested in terminal 7 for violating the conditions of her probation.

The City Attorney's office will review the case Friday. Hartman is in jail.





A Serial Stowaway Speaks Out!

It's just before 6pm as Marilyn Jean Hartman walks out of the LAX Courthouse. She's homeless. Has only $4.25 to her name in a little plastic bag. "What are you going to do" I asked her. "I'm gonna pray. I'm gonna pray."

Three hours earlier in court she's asked "How do you plead?"  She chuckles. Nervous laughter.  "No contest." The 62-year-old homeless woman was arraigned on a charge of illegal stowaway. Because of homelessness she says she was desperate and had to get away. Hartman says "I had been in some pretty awful situations and so I took desperate measures." But, she doesn't want to talk about how she successfully got on board a Southwest Airline jet without a ticket/boarding pass. She tried 7 times, the 7th was the lucky number. But, she doesn't want to explain how she did it. She doesn't want to tip off terrorists. "That is my concern," says Hartman "I don't want to encourage that. I am an American first and foremost and I believe very strongly in the security in this country so, in that regard it was very stupid."

In the other attempts to get on planes without tickets she's wanted to fly to Hawaii, but during a past arrest her passport was confiscated "and, probably would have been out of the country by now. They have not returned my passport." She says she learned a lot and calls TSA security excellent. But, she got through. "That's true. That's an oxymoron and they are excellent and I can not explain. I asked her "How did you get around that first place where TSA looks at your driver's license and boarding pass?" She says, "I really cant really say. My next question: "Did you just skirt around a family?" I can not say because it would encourage criminal activity."

Back to the courtroom where Hartman was facing her own crime. She's sentenced to 24 months probation. The same sentence she got in Northern California. And, like the previous sentence where she's ordered to stay away from San Francisco International Airport... she's told in court "You are to stay away from LAX unless you have a valid ticket to fly."

She's sorry about what's happened. "Yes, I do regret it." Last question from me,  "You've done this 7 times. Are you ever going to do it again?) ha ha ha NO!!!!! (Hal: Your done?) I'm done."

And, with that Marilyn Jean Hartman, a homeless woman walked from the courthouse... down the street .... her bag of change in her hand ... to parts unknown

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