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Serial Stowaway Arrested At Midway Less Than 24 Hours After Jail Release

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A California woman who's been called a serial stowaway for her history of trying to board airplanes without a ticket has been arrested yet again in Chicago just after her release from jail, reports WBBM's Mike Krauser.

63-year-old Marilyn Hartman walked out of the Cook County Jail Thursday evening, saying she felt 'free as a bird' and telling reporters she was done trying to get on planes without a ticket.


She had been locked up for two months after attempts to get past security at both O'Hare and Midway.

Friday evening, she was a ticketed passenger and boarded a plane legally at Midway, but police say she caused a disturbance and officers were called to remove her.

Hartman is charged with reckless conduct and is locked up again.

She has said in the past that she is homeless and struggles with mental illness. She has been arrested several times in secure areas or attempting to get past security without a ticket.

On one occasion, maybe more, she has been successful getting on a plane.

Hartman was arrested in Los Angeles last August after flying from San Jose on a Southwest flight without a ticket. She has also been arrested in Florida and Arizona, but most of the arrests have occurred in the San Francisco area.


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