Serial Stowaway, 62, Caught Again At LAX
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A stowaway who was arrested after taking a flight to Los Angeles without a ticket was once again arrested Thursday at LAX.
An airport security official said 62-year-old Marilyn Hartman was seen by a police surveillance team boarding an LAX Fly Away Bus, according to KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman.
About 10:20 a.m., officers saw her enter Terminal 2, an airport police news release said, and she was arrested about 11:15 a.m. near Terminal 7.
She was “transported directly to Los Angeles Police Pacific Division Jail for pre-booking procedures,” airport police Sgt. Nettles added, without disclosing additional details about Hartman’s arrest.
Officials told Feldman she did not attempt to get past any TSA security checkpoints or board any flights.
Hartman was ordered by the courts to stay away from LAX unless she had a legit boarding pass. She from arrested Monday evening for flying without a ticket on a Southwest Airlines plane from San Jose to L.A., security officials said.
She was taken into custody after crew members, who counted passengers upon landing at LAX, realized Hartman did not have proof of a purchased ticket.
On Wednesday, Hartman pleaded no contest to misdemeanor trespassing and was freed from police custody on $500 bail.
Hartman was ordered to 24 months of probation and three days in jail, which she was credited with serving since her arrest Monday.
KCAL9’s Juan Fernandez spoke to Hartman after she was released from custody Wednesday, and said she boarded the plane to call attention to an issue, which she declined to identify.
“It was stupid, and it’s something I don’t want to repeat,” Hartman said. “It was clearly wrong on my part, and I certainly don’t want to do it again because I certainly don’t want to do any jail time.”
She made it less than 24 hours before she visited LAX again.
Hartman has attempted to board flights at San Francisco International Airport, where she is also banned, six times this year, raising her profile and resulting in supporters raising more than $1,200 on crowd-funding website GoFundMe to send her to Hawaii.
Hartman, a Chicago native, claims she is a retired secretary who is homeless and had $4.25 to her name when she left the L.A. jail Wednesday.