Serial Airline Stowaway Arrested For The Second Time This Week At LAX
Even though serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman said she wouldn't try to hitch a ride on a flight again without a boarding pass after she was arrested at LAX this week, she did it again. And was taken into custody again at LAX this morning.
LAPD officers arrested the 62-year-old woman around 11:15 a.m. near Terminal 7 after they caught her on a police surveillance camera getting onto an LAX Fly Away Bus, reported CBS Los Angeles.
She's tried at least seven times to be a stowaway and finally succeeded on a Southwest Airlines flight leaving from San Jose Airport on Monday night; however she was taken into custody at LAX. (So close!) Hartman pleaded no contest to misdemeanor trespassing on Wednesday; she was let go on a $500 bail, and was banned from going to LAX unless she had a ticket to fly. She also had to serve three days in jail and was ordered to two years of probation.
After she was released from custody earlier this week, she told CBS: "It was stupid, and it’s something I don’t want to repeat. It was clearly wrong on my part, and I certainly don’t want to do it again because I certainly don’t want to do any jail time."
But who's to say if she won't do it again. SFist reported that the lonely woman seemed enthused to be getting attention on camera, and also has a blog talking about her stowaway adventures.
This Chicago native has been homeless for some time now. Although she told authorities that she is suffering from cancer and just wanted to travel somewhere warm (like Hawaii), they said it's not completely true—she is a cancer survivor who's been in remission for years. But some folks are empathetic towards her and have launched a GoFundMe page to send her to Hawaii. She might be on her way since it looks like they've already collected more than half of the $2,500 goal!