A 62-year-old woman was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport Monday after she allegedly sneaked past a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint in San Jose and flew on Southwest Airlines without a ticket.
Marilyn Jean Hartman boarded a Southwest Airlines flight at Mineta San Jose International Airport Monday and was caught when the plane landed at LAX and the crew counted the passengers who remained on board to continue on to Phoenix.
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) arrested Hartman and charged her with trespassing.
Hartman is reportedly well known for plane-hopping. Her previous scams have centered around San Francisco International Airport. On Feb. 15 she sneaked past TSA and boarded a flight to Hawaii. She was caught before the plane took off.
At the time, Hartman told police that she suffers from cancer – a claim that has not been substantiated.
Sympathetic people in San Francisco raised more than $1,000 on a Go Fund Me page to legally send her to Hawaii.
Authorities say it’s not money that’s leading Hartman to plane-hop. San Francisco police say she suffers from a “major mental illness.”
She reportedly told police that she feels safer at the airport than she does in her San Francisco apartment.
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