Stowaway plane passenger is a repeat offender, police say

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SAN JOSE , Calif. – A woman who snuck on a plane at San Jose’s Airport and flew to Los Angeles on Monday has been released from jail.

Marilyn Hartman was released from custody late Wednesday afternoon after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor trespassing charge in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Authorities say the 62-year-old woman successfully flew on a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket.

The TSA confirms its agents screened and allowed Marilyn Hartman onto the flight at LAX.

Congressman Eric Swalwell of California, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, described how she pulled it off.

“She was able to sort of tailgate around a family at San Jose security screening, posing as a member of the family and then scooted around the security screener and then pulled the same move at the gate. So, she was never given a green light to go through security or to get on the plane, but rather she watched and waited for a family and then got on the plane that way,” said Swalwell.

Swalwell says Hartman was harmless, but everything possible must be done to protect the traveling public.

The TSA says after a review at San Jose International Airport, it’s making minor changes to the layout of the document checking area to prevent another incident like this.

Authorities say Hartman is the same woman detained at least three times at San Francisco International Airport after allegedly trying to sneak onto a flight to Hawaii without a ticket.

Earlier this year, Hartman pleaded no contest to two counts of misdemeanor commercial burglary and sentenced to time served.