Marilyn Hartman, aged 66, keeps getting on planes without a ticket. Sometimes she’s successful, sometimes she isn’t. She once tried to fly to Hawaii because she said she thought she had cancer and that’s where she wanted to die. She says she feels safe in airports.
This week she cleared security at Chicago O’Hare without a ticket. She entered a domestic terminal and took a shuttle to terminal 5 which British Airways departs from. I’m going to assume that refers to the O’Hare terminal 3-terminal 5 shuttle and they’re supposed to check your ticket at the shuttle, too.
She flew to London the day after she entered the airport. She simply wandered around O’Hare for two days based on security footage.
Ms. Hartman boarded a British Airways flight to Heathrow and “hid in a bathroom and eventually walked out and found a seat” once they were enroute.
Since she didn’t have a passport she was detained in London by border authorities and returned to Chicago where she was arrested.
In July 2015 she was released from jail on a stowaway charge and less then 24 hours did it again at Chicago Midway. She was sentenced to 6 months of house arrest and given 2 years “of mental health probation” in 2016.
British Airways Boeing 747
I feel badly for this woman. Clearly she has challenges which aren’t being met by our institutions. The TSA and Chicago’s airports especially, but British Airways also are the ones that failed here. It’s Ms. Hartman, though, that’s being charged. The government? Spin that they’re reacting swiftly,
[T]he federal agency is working closely with out law enforcement and airline partners in that effort. Upon learning of the incident TSA and its aviation partners took immediate action to review security practices throughout the airport.