Infamous serial stowaway sneaked past security - again - and flew to London

Serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman flies to London, sent back and arrested

Serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman flies to London, sent back and arrested

Outsmarting security officials, a homeless woman not only managed to get on board the British Airways plane but also flew from America to London without a ticket or passport.

So-called "serial stowaway" Marilyn Hartman was arrested again by Chicago police Thursday night, after boarding a British Airways plane to London.

At the court, assistant state attorney Maria McCarthy said Hartman, after entering the security checkpoint, went to a terminal and attempted to board a flight going to CT. She was also banned from possessing firearms and is not allowed near O'Hare, per the judge's orders.

She has been charged with felony theft and a misdemeanour count of criminal trespass, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Hartman spent a year in Cook County Jail after repeated episodes of attempting to board aircraft at O'Hare and Midway airports.

Hartman was detained by British Customs officials when she arrived at Heathrow Airport on January 15, Chicago police said in a statement.

Ms Hartman's methods are unknown, although local media have reported she usually tries to blend in with large groups.

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She was busted for the stunt at least eight times in 2014.

After sleeping overnight in O'Hare's worldwide terminal, she somehow made it past British Airways staff and a Customs and Border Patrol office.

"Upon learning of the incident, TSA and its aviation partners took immediate action to review security practices throughout the airport", the agency said Friday. "During the initial investigation it was determined that the passenger was screened at the security checkpoint before boarding a flight".

"We are working with our law enforcement partners to support a comprehensive and thorough investigation, while continuing to maintain the highest levels of security at O'Hare Airport", said Andrea Huffman, spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Aviation.

But her freaky and headline-grabbing behavior has confounded authorities. At a hearing Saturday afternoon, a judge ordered her released on her own recognizance, but ordered her to undergo psychological treatment and stay away from O'Hare and any British Airways planes.

She has said that homelessness drove her to take "desperate measures" and that she feels safer in airports than in the streets.

At the time, Hartman had been living at a mental health facility in Chicago.

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