Serial stowaway and folk hero Marilyn Hartman is losing her touch. She didn’t even make it past the TSA checkpoint in her latest caper.
I’m just going out on limb, but I think Hartman was emboldened by the recent headlines made by Sylvia Rictor. Rictor slipped past the TSA, past the gate agent, and onto an Atlanta-bound Delta aircraft last week in Orlando. She was ultimately stopped when she took the wrong seat onboard and another passenger claimed it.
When confronted, Rictor was unable to produce her ID and said she had thrown away her boarding pass. She was escorted off the airport premises, but not arrested.
Now I’ve written before about Hartman. Over the years, she has slipped into airports including:
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
- Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)
- Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
- Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- San Jose International Airport (SJC)
She’s even successfully boarded flights…and flown on them.
But not this time. Not last Friday. Instead, she showed up at the TSA counter in Chicago O’Hare without a ticket or her ID. She tried to work her magic and slip by, but was caught. When she could not produce either document, she was recognized and arrested. Although initially released on bail, she was returned to custody…because she was deemed a flight risk.
After successfully sneaking onboard a British Airways flight to London in January 2018 without a boarding pass or passport, she was spared jail and given 18-months of probation. As part of the probation, she was not allowed near Chicago’s two commercial airports without a paid ticket. Her last stunt sidelines her plea deal. A new court date is set for tomorrow, October 18th.
When I wrote about Rictor last week, I ended my article with the sentence:
Sylvia Rictor, meet Marilyn Hartman.
It seems my words were more prophetic than I originally thought.
image: Cook County Sheriff’s Office