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DA says SFO trespasser prefers airport to home
March 20, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Marilyn Hartman

The San Francisco woman discovered in a San Francisco International Airport food court despite being banned for trying to sneak on Hawaii-bound planes told authorities she feel safer at the airport than at home.

Marilyn Jean Hartman, who is now facing trespassing and court order violation charges, didn’t plan to try boarding another plane Tuesday morning but prefers being at the airport than her Third Street home in San Francisco, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

For now, Hartman, 62, is out of custody on her own recognizance after first being arrested on $7,500 bail.

On Wednesday, Hartman pleaded not guilty to the new charges which come less than a month since she received time served for two misdemeanor burglary charges and the airport ban for trying to board flights on Feb. 15, 18 and 20. The first time she got onboard but was discovered when the actual ticket holder arrived at the seat. The next two times, including once when she used a discarded boarding pass, she was stopped at the security gate. After her arrest following the third attempt to sneak through security, Hartman reportedly told authorities she has cancer and wanted to go somewhere warm.

On March 18, a Transportation Security Administration manager recognized Hartman in a food court beyond the security checkpoint and she acknowledged who she was and that she wasn’t supposed to be there, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

She also reportedly had her probation paperwork in her purse.

She did not have a boarding pass in her name or adequate funds to purchase a ticket, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Hartman is prohibited from SFO unless she is legally ticketed to fly.

After entering her plea yesterday, Hartman was scheduled for a jury trial Aug. 4. Her release did not include an order banning her from SFO although that prohibition remains from the earlier case, Wagstaffe said.


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