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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Marilyn Hartman: Serial Stowaway Busted at Phoenix Airport

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

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Less than a month after being arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, Marilyn Hartman, the tenacious traveler, was busted again for allegedly lingering at the Phoenix Airport today, against court orders.

According to Phoenix police, airport staff spotted the 62-year-old San Francisco resident lingering around terminal 4 at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. They recognized Hartman, who has become infamous for her nonstop attempts to board planes without a ticket, standing near the baggage claim. When authorities contacted her, they discovered, once again, she did not have a ticket and had no reason to be at the airport, says Phoenix Sgt. Trent Crump.

"We don't know how she got here," Crump told SF Weekly. 

It's the third time this month she's been arrested for trespassing at an airport, and the seventh time since early this summer.

Hartman drew national attention when she managed to breach security at the San Jose International Airport in the Bay Area on Aug. 4; the former legal secretary allegedly waltzed right past TSA staff without a ticket in hand. She was screened by authorities and permitted to board her plane bound for Los Angeles. Hartman's trip came to an end upon landing when police met her at the gate and treated her to a stay in jail. She was later released and ordered to 24 months probation and to stay away from LAX.

Ignoring the judge's orders, Hartman went back to LAX the very next day where she was arrested again and sentenced to 177 days in jail

She was later released from jail due to overcrowding, and somehow made her way to Phoenix where on Aug. 14, she attempted to enter a security checkpoint at the Sky Harbor International Airport without a ticket. "During that contact she was given a trespass warning by officers and removed from the airport property," Crump said. "She was recognized by airport personnel again today loitering around a checkpoint and again was not in possession of a airline ticket.

Her illegal travel plans started back in May when Hartman was busted several times at SFO attempting to board a plane to Hawaii. One time she got as far boarding a plane and buckling up before another passenger who had actually paid for the seat booted her. She's continued to ignore court orders to stay away from the airport. 

Today, the Phoenix police booked her into County Jail on criminal trespassing charges. They are ordering Hartman to undergo a mental health evaluation. 

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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