She strikes again! Serial stowaway, 63, arrested at Chicago Midway Airport for loitering in restricted area - just two weeks after being charged with trespass at state's O'Hare Airport

  • Marilyn Hartman, 63, was arrested on April 24 at O'Hare Airport's international terminal, charged with criminal trespass then released
  • On May 3, she was arrested at Midway Airport and handed same charge 
  • She had been 'in the restricted area for two days in a row'
  • It was around the 12th time she has attempted to secretly board a plane 
  • Authorities know of just one successful attempt, she was released after being deemed mentally unstable 

You can't keep her down.

Serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman was arrested on May 3 while allegedly loitering by the security check point at Chicago's Midway Airport at 8.20pm.

Just two weeks before, she was detained and charged with criminal trespassing in the international terminal at Chicago's O'Hare Airport at 4.03pm - but released with a fine.

The 63-year-old was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday morning. 

It is not known how she came to be in Chicago after last being seen in Florida.

Hartman, who claims to be homeless but seems to hail from California, has made around 12 known failed attempts to board flights without a ticket.

Authorities know of just one successful trip from Minnesota to Jackson, Florida - though she has inexplicably appeared in states across the country to strike again. 

Notorious: Marilyn Hartman, 63, has been charged with criminal trespass at two different Chicago airports in the last two weeks

Notorious: Marilyn Hartman, 63, has been charged with criminal trespass at two different Chicago airports in the last two weeks

She appeared in Chicago's Central Bond Court on April 25 and was released with trespassing misdemeanor charge. Authorities do not know where she is now. 

Hartman was arrested numerous times last year in Los Angeles and Arizona for trespassing and violating probation. She was released on misdemeanor charges in all cases except one, where she was released from prison after 117 days due to overcrowding.

In February, Hartman was charged with posing as a guest checking in for a Biggest Loser weight-loss program at a Florida resort after she snuck onto a flight from Minnesota.

She was allowed to walk free from the Florida trial after a court deemed her mentally unstable. 

In a number of trials, Hartman has told authorities she is homeless and feels more comfortable in airports than on the streets.

The stowaway's long criminal record lists numerous similar incidents involving boarding flights without a ticket and entering places under false pretense.

In August 2014 alone she was arrested no fewer than three times.

Hartman has blamed her penchant for sneaking onto planes on an unrecognized medical condition she calls 'whistleblower trauma syndrome'.

According to the woman, she was a whistleblower who was forced by the FBI to flee her home, forcing her to live on the streets.

Police picked her up at Sky Harbor International Airport on August 26 on suspicion of criminal trespass after officials noticed her loitering near the baggage claim. 

Can't stop: Hartman was sentenced to 18 months probation for attempting to board three Hawaii-bound flights last year. She spent three days in jail
Can't stop: Hartman was sentenced to 18 months probation for attempting to board three Hawaii-bound flights last year. She spent three days in jail

Can't stop: Hartman was sentenced to 18 months probation for attempting to board three Hawaii-bound flights last year. She spent three days in jail

Plane fixation: Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport August 4
Plane fixation: Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport August 4

Plane fixation: Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security before she was able to get through a checkpoint without a boarding pass at Mineta San Jose International Airport August 4

Just two weeks earlier, Hartman had been ordered to spend 117 days in jail for a probation violation after she was spotted at Los Angeles International Airport. A court had banned from the premises just days earlier.

However Hartman - who is said to have a 'fixation' on airports because they make her feel safe - was released from Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on August 16 - just three days later - due to overcrowding.

After her August arrest in Phoenix, the 63-year-old wondered aloud at a press conference, 'Why has the government allowed me to get past security points?'

Hartman, who has made previous attempts to sneak aboard flights at other airports, was arrested on August 4 after successfully taking a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket.

At Mineta San Jose International Airport, Hartman tried at least three times to get to a plane before she finally went past a security screener who was busy checking a family's documents, law enforcement officials said.

She later pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of willfully and unlawfully entering Los Angeles as a stowaway on an aircraft and was sentenced to two years probation.

Her boarding status was discovered once the Southwest flight landed in Los Angeles, the officials said.

Hartman later pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of willfully and unlawfully entering Los Angeles as a stowaway on an aircraft. A judge ordered her to stay away from LAX unless she had a valid ticket.

Outside the courthouse after sentencing, Hartman said she would never try to sneak onto a plane again.

'It was stupid, and it is something I don't want to repeat,' she said.