Serial stowaway, 62, arrested after flight to LAX

Marilyn Jean Hartman pleaded no contest

SAN FRANCISCO - A woman who made it through airport security without a boarding pass and took a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

Marilyn Jean Hartman entered her plea to willfully and unlawfully entering Los Angeles as a stowaway on an aircraft, a misdemeanor, in an LA courtroom Wednesday.

Federal law enforcement officials said Hartman tried at least three times to breach airport security at Mineta San Jose International Airport before she was able to get through.

The officials, who would speak only on condition of anonymity because the security breach is being investigated, said Wednesday that Hartman bypassed an agent who was screening boarding passes by sneaking through with a family at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday.

The officials say Hartman then went through the electronic screening process before entering the airport terminal.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday that the crew on the flight did a head count after landing that revealed an extra person on board. When Hartman was unable to produce a boarding pass she was removed from the plane.

Southwest says it's working with authorities and conducting its own internal investigation into the incident.

The newspaper says Hartman was on probation after being arrested for attempting to board three separate Hawaii-bound flights departing SFO in February.

City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said Hartman was ordered to 24 months probation and three days in jail, which she was credited with serving since her arrest Monday.

Hartman also was ordered to stay away from the Los Angeles airport unless she has a ticket to board a flight.

The San Francisco woman was expected to be released from jail Wednesday.

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