The world’s most prolific blind airline was arrested again this week after trying to visit Chicago O’Hare Airport.
Background on Marilyn Hartman
I first started writing about Marilyn Hartman in 2014. She became known as the “serial stowaway” because she was found dozens of times at airports over the years and a total of 21 people had been arrested for this week.
Perhaps most surprising of all is how successful she has been in her attempts to get on planes, as she has typically been able to bypass security without a ticket and has even managed to board flights without a ticket. In one case, she even managed to catch a British Airways flight from Chicago to London without a ticket – she was sent back when she arrived in London because she did not have a passport.
We hadn’t heard much about Hartman in recent years because she had been in jail for well over a year following the above incident with British Airways, claiming she had a “really tough judge” on the case.
Hartman has been diagnosed as bipolar, although she refuses. Many years ago there was one element in her story that seemed almost cute, and some wondered if she had just one case of wanderlust. But unfortunately, in the end, the story is just sad – it is clear that she has some problems and does not get a lot of support from loved ones or the system.
Here’s a fascinating phone interview with Hartman from late 2019 that I think paints a different picture of her behavior than one might expect:
Marilyn Hartman caught O’Hare again
Hartman’s most recent incident happened Tuesday when she was arrested for trying to gain access to Chicago O’Hare Airport. She is currently in a facility while under electronic surveillance and is not allowed to fly to airports. As she approached Chicago O’Hare Terminal 1, the alarm went on on her surveillance device and was arrested for the 22nd time at that point.
The 69-year-old was arrested two weeks after a judge rejected a plea deal that would have given her parole for an earlier blind attempt. Hartman is currently being held for trespassing as the Cook County Sheriff’s Office will file an escape charge for her.
Although we hadn’t heard much about Hartman in a while, she was arrested for the 22nd time last week when she tried to enter Chicago O’Hare Airport while under electronic surveillance. Hope Hartman gets the help she needs, whatever that is …