Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Serial stowaway arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare airport

Serial stowaway arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare airport

She now faces charges of criminal trespass and theft.

She appeared before a judge Saturday afternoon, after which she was released under her own recognizance.

The Chicago judge bailed her but ordered her to undergo psychiatric treatment and wear an electronic ankle tag. Hartman was on a two-year probation when the incident last week occurred.

Hartman then boarded a shuttle bus to the International Terminal and slept there overnight, prosecutors said.

While she was on the flight, the airline - British Airways - realised she did not have a ticket.

In this photo, passengers the American Airlines desks at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 30, 2017.

Hartman is back on the news again. When it could be arranged she was returned to Chicago and was arrested at O'Hare on arrival.

McCarthy added, the next morning, Hartman was able to move past the ticket agents of British Airways and also a Customs and Border Patrol officer, to board the flight.

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Hartman apparently hid in a bathroom onboard the flight, before finding an empty seat. However, in London, a Customs agent found out s, she was identified and it was found she didn't have the relevant papers. She was arrested after arriving there Monday and was flown back to the United States on Thursday, according to Chicago police. She confessed later she had boarded the flight without a ticket, said McCarthy.

According to San Francisco magazine, she claimed that everyone from airport staff to President Barack Obama was conspiring to entice her to sneak onto planes in a plan to punish her. A TSA spokesman said in a statement Friday they were looking into the matter as to how Hartman was able to walk past the security.

"We are working with our law enforcement partners to support a comprehensive and thorough investigation, while continuing to maintain the highest levels of security at O'Hare Airport", Huffman said in a statement. She tried to dart around another passenger to board the plane, but a flight agent stopped her and told her to sit down.

Hartman had quite a bit of history when it came to entering airports illegally.

A police spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times that Hartman made it onto the plane by "blending in with the passengers".

And in 2016, an IL judge sentenced her to two years of probation and six months at a mental-health facility, where she had already been staying, after she was arrested again at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

She had made around 13 failed attempts to board flights without a ticket but was successful at least three times.

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