Serial Stowaway Should Be Hired by Security Agencies

Photo of Marilyn Hartman from Twitter
Laguna Woods, California
January 20, 2018 6:50pm CST
She did it again. Marilyn Hartman, who has stowed away on a number of different airlines, was caught again this week on a plane flying from the United States to Great Britain. No one knows how she managed to get through security and onto the plane without a ticket. The 66 year-old woman, who is assumed to be mentally ill, has accomplished the same feat a number of times, flying from a variety of airports. She has repeatedly been arrested, served time in jail, and promised never to do it again. She always breaks that promise. Rather than put her in jail, I think our TSA and other security authorities should pay her to show them how she does it. Why not put her wily skills to good use?
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
21 Jan
They should indeed utilise her skills. It's quite scary really. Has she ever made it to another country?
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• Laguna Woods, California
21 Jan
@Gillygirl - I'm not sure if she has made it to another country, but she has flown to a variety of different locations within the U.S. No one can figure out how she keeps managing to do it! This time, she managed to get onto a British Airlines flight. Pretty amazing!
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@Gillygirl (17282)
• Sutton, England
22 Jan
@DeborahDiane It doesn't say much for airline security.
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• Laguna Woods, California
23 Jan
@Gillygirl - You are right that it doesn't say much for airline security. It has to be pretty embarrassing for them.
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@JudyEv (123169)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jan
Isn't that intriguing? I wonder how she does it? And you're right. The authorities could probably learn a lot of her if they weren't too proud to ask.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@JudyEv - I agree! This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! Good thing she is not trying to hurt anyone!
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@JudyEv (123169)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Jan
@DeborahDiane I am really intrigued. I keep trying to work out how she does it. It's hard enough getting ON to a plane nowadays without getting on without a ticket!
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• Laguna Woods, California
23 Jan
@JudyEv - I agree. I have mulled the same thing over in my mind, and this woman has be caught doing it seven times. No telling how many times she got away with it and was never caught. They know she did at least once, because she was caught on a return trip! I think some airline should give her a free travel pass, in return for information on how she does it!
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@much2say (39159)
• United States
21 Jan
It's funny, but at the same time it's a scary thought that someone can get on a plane undetected like that! Seriously, maybe she found that little hole that no one's discovered - perhaps it's time that they did!
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@much2say - This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! Good thing she is not trying to hurt anyone! They really need to figure out how she is doing it.
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@much2say (39159)
• United States
22 Jan
@DeborahDiane Did the security cameras not capture her at all? I can't imagine how she did it . . . but she is a pro!
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• Laguna Woods, California
23 Jan
@much2say - She has now been caught on a plane 7 times!! I cannot imagine how she even managed to do it once. Plus, we have no idea if she has successfully snuck on a flight and taken a trip without being caught. Pretty amazing!
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@jaboUK (53924)
• United Kingdom
21 Jan
That's amazing that she can do that - there are so many checks in place you'd think it would be impossible. As you say, she could be useful to security.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@jaboUK - This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! Good thing she is not trying to hurt anyone! She could probably make a lot of money as a security consultant.
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 Jan
If she is mentally ill, and at her advanced age, maybe she doesn't know how she does it! Maybe she just somehow wonders aimlessly and somehow gets onto these planes! I remember years ago I was at the Genesis concert at the Orange Bowl in Miami, and I went to the bathroom, and on the way back couldn't remember where my seats were and I just wondered aimlessly looking for them and somehow ended up in the front row. And then somehow, I ended up with backstage passes. To this day, I still can't figure out how all that happened!
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@moffittjc - Ha ha! That's pretty amazing. Hmmm. How much had you been drinking? LOL This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! Good thing she is not trying to hurt anyone!
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@moffittjc (42985)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Jan
@DeborahDiane Haha, no I wasn't drinking, I was just 16 at the time! Well...I mean I did drink when I was 16, but not at that concert because I drove, and because I had school the next morning.
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• Laguna Woods, California
23 Jan
@moffittjc - Ha ha! That makes this story even funnier! I'm sure you are quite the comedian in person!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
21 Jan
I love people like this. She shouldn't serve time in jail. It should be the airline security people who are doing the jail time!
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@WorDazza - I agree. Even she said in an interview that she is not the problem ... our security agencies are not doing their job. That makes it even funnier. This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! Good thing she is not trying to hurt anyone!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
22 Jan
@DeborahDiane I suppose that's the downside to this. If she can do it then a determined terrorist could probably also do it. This is why they should take up your suggestion and pay her to tell them where their security holes are. Surely if they don't then they are just compounding their own incompetence!!
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• Laguna Woods, California
23 Jan
@WorDazza - I agree. This woman has been caught on a plane or at a destination after taking a flight a total of seven times. There is no way to know how many times she actually got away with it. They need to know how she manages to get by their systems, and should pay her for her expertise!
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@LadyDuck (157275)
• Switzerland
21 Jan
Do your remember the old movie "Airport" (1970). Watch it and you will see how an old lady can board a plane without a ticket.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@LadyDuck - I'll have to watch that movie! This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! You would think they would have figured out how to stop her by now!
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@LadyDuck (157275)
• Switzerland
22 Jan
@DeborahDiane I found the character of the old lady doing this in the movie "Airport" amazing. I had so much fun looking how she managed to get on the plane.
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• Laguna Woods, California
23 Jan
@LadyDuck - Perhaps this modern day stowaway learned a few tricks from watching that movie. At the very least, I think an airline should just offer her a pass in exchange for telling them how she did it. Then, she could fly without getting in trouble.
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@yugocean (8353)
• India
24 Jan
Sure you are right, security should hire her and learn her tricks instead; have been I the official, I would have proposed the same.
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• Laguna Woods, California
24 Jan
@yogocean - She must have some valuable knowledge. I think the airlines and governments need to find out how she does it!
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@yugocean (8353)
• India
25 Jan
@DeborahDiane But those authorities think themselves smart.
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• Laguna Woods, California
25 Jan
@yugocean - Oh, yes. They think they are smart, but obviously they have messed up a few times!
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@Hannihar (36258)
21 Jan
I would like to know how she does it too.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@Hannihar - I think they should pay her to tell them how she does it! This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! Good thing she is not trying to hurt anyone!
@Hannihar (36258)
22 Jan
@DeborahDiane I bet she will not tell them because she probably wants to continue doing it and she does not want to give away her secret.
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• Laguna Woods, California
23 Jan
@Hannihar - You are probably right. I think an airline should offer her a free travel pass in return for telling them her secret. It should be worth that much to the airlines!
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@crossbones27 (19579)
• Redlands, California
21 Jan
Like the conman with leonardo dicaprio. It is smarter than whatever our leaders are doing now. Makes you think people just want a purpose and we so bad at giving it to them.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@crossbones72 - I remember that conman. Wasn't the movie called "Catch Me If You Can?" Maybe they will make a movie about this woman!
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• Redlands, California
22 Jan
@DeborahDiane Yeah was just saying he was a conman and could not remember the title. Thanks now I feel better because now I full remember the movie. Was a great movie and maybe they will. I like movies based on true events. I find most of them are done right and some of the only movies that do not seem all about the money if you know what I mean.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@crossbones27 - Yes, I like movies about true events, too. I often learn a lot that was never in the news when the events originally took place.
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@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
21 Jan
You may be onto something. She should show someone how she does it to help give them a sense of how to keep others from doing this. Personally you know if you or I tried this it would never work. She must Love to fly.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@KrauseHome - I don't think I could ever get away with it, either! On the other hand, this is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! Good thing she is not trying to hurt anyone!
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@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
22 Jan
@DeborahDiane Can you imagine the stories this woman must be able to tell due to this? Interesting how she even thought of keeping on trying this. Wonder where she has been that she hasn't been caught?
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• Laguna Woods, California
23 Jan
@KrauseHome - Yes, I wonder how many trips she has taken without being caught. They know she got away with it at least once, because they caught her on a return trip and arrested her after she landed. Pretty amazing! I think an airline should give her a free travel pass in return for providing information on how she gets away with it.
@Deepizzaguy (13022)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
23 Jan
I have seen some documentaries on television where a former thief who knew who to cheat at casino games after he spent time in prison now works with casinos on how to beat cheaters who like to rig gambling machines.
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• Laguna Woods, California
24 Jan
I have read about people like that, too. It actually is smart for these businesses to hire the people who know how to cheat them. They learn how they did it, and they keep the criminals from doing it all over again.
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@Deepizzaguy (13022)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
25 Jan
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@JolietJake (51144)
• United States
4 Feb
Evidently she's done it many times
The woman dubbed the “Serial Stowaway” for sneaking onto several planes appeared in court on Wednesday after her latest arrest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport — shouting in the courtroom when the judge asked about her mental health and family.
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• Laguna Woods, California
4 Feb
I heard they have actually caught her at least seven times on a plane. Often she left from cities where she does not live, so they know she probably flew there, and they didn't catch her. It's actually pretty amazing!! Who knows how many times she has actually flown without a ticket. She's not saying!
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@JESSY3236 (6505)
• United States
26 Jan
Did they look at the cameras? That's strange that she got past security.
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• Laguna Woods, California
27 Jan
I agree that it is very strange that she has managed to do this at least 7 times that they know of, and probably more. Amazing!
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@jstory07 (67037)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 Jan
It is kind of scarey to think about how she gets on those planes with all of the security you go through.
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• Laguna Woods, California
24 Jan
@jstory07 - I agree that it is scary that she has been able to repeatedly do this. She has been caught seven times, but imagine how many times she may have gotten away with it!
• United States
21 Jan
@DeborahDiane They do that with computer hackers sometimes. She looks so innocent, maybe that's how she gets away with it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
Yes, she does look very innocent, doesn't she? However, this is at least the 7th time she has been caught ... and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it!
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@responsiveme (16161)
• India
21 Jan
That sounds really interesting and I do agree the security agencies can learn a lot from her...Keep her on their roll even
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@responsiveme - Yes, I think they should pay her to tell them her secrets! This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! Good thing she is not trying to hurt anyone!
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@JohnRoberts (56887)
• Los Angeles, California
21 Jan
I see a movie here.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@JohnRoberts - Yes, it could be a pretty humorous movie ... including her trial! This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it.
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@TRBRocks420 (77492)
• Banks, Oregon
21 Jan
I agree. I would be very interested to see how she manages to do this.
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
@TRBRocks420 - Pretty incredible that she keeps getting away with it. This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! Good thing she is not trying to hurt anyone!
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• Kathmandu, Nepal
21 Jan
Yea you are right,
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• Laguna Woods, California
22 Jan
This is apparently the 7th time she has been caught, and no one knows how many times she has gotten away with it. She could be very helpful to our security agencies! Good thing she is not trying to hurt anyone!
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