How the 'Serial Stowaway' jumps aboard free flights

The so called "Serial Stowaway" has been sneaking on planes around the country without a ticket, and now she had allegedly added the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to her trail.

TSA is checking surveillance cameras at the airport to see if she slipped through a TSA checkpoint, or had a connecting flight, but either way, Marilyn Hartman is a frequent flyer with a collection of mug shots to show for it.

The 63-year old is finding a way to slip by security over and over, always promising never again, but that was before her latest excursion on Sunday. Hartman claimed she took a flight from Minneapolis to Jacksonville, Fla. without a ticket or boarding pass. Once in Florida, she bluffed her way to a fancy Amelia Island resort. She was arrested after spending the night in a $300 room.

No ticket needed

This year alone, the "Serial Stowaway' has snuck aboard flights in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and Phoenix without a ticket or boarding pass. When she was caught in Phoenix six months ago, she even gave a bizarre news conference.

"My question is why is the government allowed me to get past security points, portraying me as a threat," she said in the conference.

How does she do it?

The same way the 9-year-old stowaway who two years ago boarded a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas. Fox 9 has told you about recent security breaches in baggage claim where passengers ducked out for a cigarette, and walked back in through the exits, right past distracted TSA agents.

More: Checkpoint 7, the unguarded exit at MSP

Hartman admits to suffering from depression and says she's homeless with no family. Her only real home appears to be airports, where she's become too familiar for comfort.

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