Serial stowaway reveals how she snuck onto more than 30 flights without a ticket


Infamous for stowing away on more than 30 commercial flights in the post 9/11 world, a 69-year-old woman has revealed how her unassuming but confident demeanour helped her bypass security.

Marilyn Hartman, who earned herself the nickname of “Serial Stowaway”, is in Cook County Jail in Chicago since October 2019 after she was arrested while attempting to take a flight from Chicago’s O’hare Airport. She spoke to the media for the first time since her arrest, discussing why and how she snuck onto the planes and if she would do it again.

On being asked how she managed to get past the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints without a boarding pass, she told CBS News: “I was always let through. I mean I was able to go through the security line without a boarding pass.”

“I got by them, this is the thing that is so crazy, by following someone they would be carrying like a blue bag. And the next thing I know, I get into the TSA line and TSA lets me through, and they think I’m with the guy with the blue bag.”

Ms Hartman first snuck into a flight illegally in 2002 from Chicago to Copenhagen in Denmark. Same year, she boarded another international flight to Paris. Her globetrotting remained out of the security radar until August 2014, when she was caught flying from San Jose in California to Las Vegas.


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