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‘Habitual stowaway’ ordered held without bond after trying to sneak through O’Hare security

Marilyn Hartman, 67, was taken into custody at O’Hare around 10 p.m. Friday after TSA officials spotted her “moving TSA lane dividers in an attempt to circumvent security,” police said.

Marilyn Hartman
Marilyn Hartman
Chicago police

A woman identified by police as a “habitual stowaway” was arrested Friday night while attempting to get around a TSA checkpoint at O’Hare International Airport.

Marilyn Hartman, 67, was charged Saturday with a felony count of criminal trespass to a registered area at an airport, Chicago police said.

Hartman appeared in bond court Sunday and was ordered held without bond by Judge Arthur Willis for the most recent charges and for violating the terms of her probation from a 2018 incident in which she sneaked onto a London-bound flight from O’Hare.

Hartman was taken into custody at O’Hare around 10 p.m. Friday after TSA officials spotted her “moving TSA lane dividers in an attempt to circumvent security,” Chicago police said.

Friday’s arrest is the latest in at least a dozen such incidents in which Hartman has attempted to sneak through airport security. When she was released from custody in January 2019, a Cook County judge repeatedly warned her to stay from O’Hare and Midway airports.

She is due back in court Oct. 18 in Skokie, the according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.