Airplane stowaway Marilyn Hartman arrested again, this time in Florida

Woman with history of trying to stow away on planes is arrested again, accused of pretending to be hotel guest

A woman who has been banned from airports in Los Angeles and San Francisco after repeatedly trying to stow away on planes -- and who succeeded in hopping a flight to L.A. without a ticket last year -- has been arrested again, this time in Florida, law enforcement officials said.

Marilyn Hartman, 63, was arrested Sunday in Jacksonville after admitting she’d checked into a resort there under a false name, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department said.

Hartman told sheriff’s officials she’d flown from Minnesota to Jacksonville without a ticket, they said. Officials are reviewing airport surveillance video to verify her story, according to Transportation Security Administration spokesman Ross Feinstein.

Sheriff’s records say that Hartman faces charges of trespassing, fraud/impersonation and defrauding an innkeeper and that she is being held in lieu of $50,506 bail at the Nassau County jail.

She has been repeatedly accused of attempting to evade officials at airports and fly without a ticket, at least half a dozen times at San Francisco International Airport alone.

Hartman’s latest travel exploits apparently began in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She told investigators she boarded a plane there, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

After landing in Jacksonville, Hartman hopped a shuttle to the Omni hotel and proceeded to check in to a villa reserved for a participant in “The Biggest Loser” program, according to records obtained by the newspaper. When the actual participant showed up to check in, Hartman disappeared, the Mercury News reports.

The next day, she was discovered squatting in a room undergoing renovations, authorities said, according to the Mercury News.

Although Hartman has been detained at airports many times, she has succeeded in stowing away at least once.

Hartman was arrested and banned from Los Angeles International Airport in August after stowing away on an Aug. 4 Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose. She pleaded no contest to trespassing and promised not to return to the airport without a ticket. One day later, Hartman was arrested again after police spotted her getting off a FlyAway bus at an LAX terminal.

She was later sentenced to six months in jail, but she was released from a Lynwood detention facility after only three days because of overcrowding.

Ten days after that, Hartman was arrested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after she was caught trying to enter a secured area without a ticket.

It is unclear how she got to Minnesota.

The Associated Press was used in compiling this report.

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