‘Serial stowaway’ Marilyn Hartman arrested at O’Hare, authorities say

The “serial stowaway” has been arrested several times at O’Hare and Midway and at other airports around the country for sneaking past security and illegally boarding planes.

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Marilyn Hartman, the so-called serial stowaway, has been arrested at airports around the country for years. Sometimes she’s picked up for boarding planes illegally, others at different airport spots. 

Marilyn Hartman, the so-called serial stowaway, has been arrested at airports around the country for years. Sometimes she’s picked up for boarding planes illegally, others at different airport spots.

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“Serial stowaway” Marilyn Hartman was arrested for trespassing at O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday, authorities said.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office investigators tracked her via the GPS on her ankle bracelet after she left the residential facility she’s been staying at while on the electronic monitoring program around 12 p.m., according to an emailed statement from Cook County sheriff’s spokesman Matt Walberg.

Staff tried to call Hartman using the phone built into the device, but she didn’t answer, Walberg said. Investigators then found that she was moving toward O’Hare.

Hartman has snuck past airport security and boarded planes illegally for years. She’s been arrested at O’Hare and Midway several times and at other airports around the country.

The Sheriff’s Office notified Chicago Police that Hartman was heading toward the airport and that she was in the vicinity of Terminal 1 at 1:38 p.m. They then activated an alarm on Hartman’s device and police took her into custody. She didn’t enter any secure areas, according to Walberg.

She’s currently in Chicago Police custody and is expected to be returned to custody at the Cook County Jail and the Sheriff’s Office will seek approval for a felony escape charge, Walberg said.

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