Marilyn Hartman, a 66 year old homeless woman got on-board the British Airways and flew from America to London without ticket and passport.
Outsmarting security officials, she slipped on to the jet with a large group after she got through security at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and boarded a flight to Heathrow, police said.
Hartman was held at Heathrow and sent back to Chicago after airline crew realized that she was without ticket and was appeared in court for theft and trespassing. She spent 24 hours at Chicago airport before boarding but airport staff assumed she was simply confused. She also told police that she felt safer inside the airports than living on the streets.
However, this is not the first time that Hartman has been detained for trying to bypass airport security in the US and claimed she may have boarded planes without a ticket eight times. Three years ago she was caught trying to sneak on to a plane at same airport just hours after she was let out of prison. She was also placed on mental health probation for two years in 2016.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), investigating the matter, said, “Upon learning of the incident TSA, and its aviation partners took immediate action to review security practices throughout the airport.”