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'Serial stowaway' arrested again after flying to London, police say

'Serial stowaway' arrested again after flying to London, police say

Last Monday (local time), Ms Hartman arrived at Heathrow Airport from Chicago where she was arrested and sent back to the United States.

Hartman, a 66-year-old Grayslake woman with repeated arrests for trespassing at airports and sneaking onto planes, was captured on surveillance tapes about 2 p.m. January 14 in the first block of West Checkpoint 7a at O'Hare passing through security without a boarding pass or passport, according to Chicago Police.

She had made around 13 failed attempts to board flights without a ticket but was successful at least three times.

At the court, assistant state attorney Maria McCarthy said Hartman, after entering the security checkpoint, went to a terminal and attempted to board a flight going to CT.

This time, 66-year-old Marilyn Hartman of Grayslake made it all the way to London with no ticket and no passport.

Judge Stephanie K Miller said: "There is no pun intended for your client, but she is a flight risk given the number of offences".

McCarthy said Hartman tried to "dart around" another passenger who was in the line, but was stopped by an agent working for the flight and was instructed to sit down.

She first tried to board a plane to CT but was stopped and told to sit down by staff as she tried to "dart around" another passenger in the queue, Assistant State's Attorney Maria McCarthy told the court.

McCarthy added, the next morning, Hartman was able to move past the ticket agents of British Airways and also a Customs and Border Patrol officer, to board the flight.

She attempted to board a plane at Chicago's Midway Field without a ticket, prosecutors said.

Once on the London-bound plane, she hid in a bathroom before snagging an empty seat, CBS Chicago reported. Her movements were caught on video.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CBS Chicago that Hartman slipped through a TSA checkpoint before taking a shuttle to an worldwide terminal.

In a statement, the TSA said they are "working closely with our law enforcement and airline partners in that effort".

The pensioner says the Federal Bureau of Investigation forced her to flee her home and live on the streets but she claims she feels more comfortable in airports.

"During the initial investigation it was determined that the passenger was screened at the security checkpoint before boarding a flight".

Hartman had quite a bit of history when it came to entering airports illegally.

A source close to the investigation tells NBC5 Hartman made it to London's Heathrow Airport, where she was denied entry, and returned to the United States.

In 2016, she was sentenced to two years of probation and six months at a mental health facility.

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