'Serial Stowaway' unfit to stand trial, sent to homeless shelter

"Serial Stowaway" Marilyn Hartman, the 63-year-old woman with a history of boarding flights without a ticket, was found unfit to stand trial in Nassau County, Fla. and sent to a homeless shelter.

Hartman's latest trip was from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Jacksonville, Fla. this winter, and she was arrested after taking a shuttle to the Omni Resort Amelia Island Plantation, using the name of another hotel guest. When the real hotel guest checked in later that day, Hartman was contacted and asked to come back to the front desk to clear an error in booking, but she disappeared. The next day, Hartman was found by hotel security in a room that was being renovated.

On Monday, a Nassau County judge announced forensic psychologists determined Hartman to be "incompetent to proceed."

So far, it's unclear how she managed to sneak into a swanky, $300 a night room at an Amelia Island resort, but a Florida rescue mission offered to take her in with the goal to get her help so she's no longer a repeat offender, or a frequent flier.

Frequent flyer

Hartman has been caught sneaking past airport security in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and in Minneapolis. In a jail interview with FOX 10 in Phoenix last year, she said she doesn't do it because she wants to travel, but because she wants to make a point.

"My question is why has the government allowed me to get past security points?" she asked. "Why is this government allowing that to happen, and portraying me as a potential threat to security as opposed to addressing another issue?"

INTERVIEW - Serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman speaks out

Hartman arrested at MSP before

The day after last Thanksgiving, Hartman was caught lurking around MSP airport. In a photo, she's holding a "no trespass warning" that she had to sign.


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