A 62-year-old woman tried sneaking onto three different Hawaii-bound flights from San Francisco International Airport without a ticket in February and told arresting authorities she has cancer and was seeking to go somewhere warm, according to prosecutors.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said it’s not clear yet whether Marilyn Jean Hartman actually has cancer but, regardless, illness is not an excuse for illegally sneaking her way through airport security multiple times.
Hartman is now facing six misdemeanor charges and a trip to jail rather than an unpaid vacation. Prosecutors charged her with three counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of trespassing and a count of identity theft. She pleaded not guilty and will stand trial March 17.
Hartman, according to the District Attorney’s Office, made attempts to board a plane at SFO on Feb. 15, Feb. 18 and Feb. 20. The first attempt was reportedly the most successful with her getting through security and on board but caught when the actual ticket holder arrived at the seat. She was removed from the plane. The next two times she was allegedly stopped at the security gate and on the third she had in her possession a discarded boarding pass belonging to someone else.
Airport police interviewed Hartman the first two times and let her go with an admonishment not to return after she told them she was an ovarian cancer patient and “simply wanted to go somewhere warm to die,” Wagstaffe said.
But when police found her again Feb. 20, they finally arrested her.
At her initial misdemeanor arraignment, a judge appointed an attorney for Hartman and set bail at $5,000. She remains in custody and returns to court Feb. 27 for a pretrial conference.
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