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LAX stowaway Marilyn Hartman arrested Tuesday in Phoenix airport

Marilyn Hartman
Marilyn Hartman is shown in four booking photos taken this year in San Mateo County.
(San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office)

A 62-year-old woman dubbed the “serial stowaway” for her numerous efforts to fly without a ticket was arrested Tuesday in another incident, this time in Phoenix.

Marilyn Hartman was taken into custody about 11:30 a.m. at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for trespassing, according to a news release from Phoenix police.

On Aug. 20, Hartman was caught trying to enter a secure area of Sky Harbor without a ticket, police said. She was given a warning and escorted off the premises. She was arrested Tuesday after she ignored that warning, police said.

Hartman was sentenced to 177 days in a Los Angeles jail earlier this month for violating her probation after she was banned from Los Angeles International Airport because she stowed away on a Southwest flight from San Jose. 


The Daily Breeze reported that Hartman was released after serving three days of her 177-day sentence due to overcrowding. 

Hartman was arrested when she returned to LAX the next day, according to authorities.

According to San Mateo County court records and news reports, Hartman previously made at least half a dozen attempts to fly out of San Francisco International Airport without a ticket. She made it aboard a flight on one of those attempts, but was caught before the flight took off when reported by the ticket-holding passenger whose seat she was in, according to reports.

Phoenix authorities are requesting a mental health evaluation for Hartman, police said. 


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