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Stowaway arrested after boarding flight at LAX

Stowaway Arrested After Boarding Flight at LAX

Airline officials and the Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday were reviewing their screening processes after a woman was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for allegedly boarding a flight from San Jose without a ticket.

"The passenger was screened by TSA for any prohibited items. It's really important to point that out," said Rosemary Barnes, spokeswoman for Mineta San Jose International Airport. "Public safety was not compromised in any way."

Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, was discovered after the plane landed at LAX and Southwest Airlines employees conducted a head count, officials said.

She was being held on $500 bail following her arrest by airport police at 11 p.m. Monday, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. According to NBC, Hartman has a history of attempting to board planes sans ticket. NBC notes that she tried "Three times in February, twice in March and at least once in April she attempted to board flights at SFO." Two of those times, she made it all the way to the boarding area.

SF Weekly noted that District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said she seemed sound of mind, and was "well-groomed, well-spoken, and articulate." She struck him as a "lonely" person who may have sought out airports because they are full of people.

How Did This Woman Get On A Flight With No Ticket?

"She should never have gotten on that plane," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told CNN.

SJC security officials said that Hartman bypassed a document-checker while he was checking a family's boarding passes, according to Swalwell.

"Certainly two instances of unticketed passengers getting on a plane at San Jose within the last four months is concerning," the congressman said. In April, he called for improved perimeter security after a 15-year-old boy climbed a fence at Mineta San Jose and survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a plane. Swalwell says TSA agents need more training.

Alan Wang of CNN affiliate KGO-TV contributed to this report.

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dollibug August 06 2014 at 11:40 AM

Perhaps they need to do a *HEAD COUNT* BEFORE take off***

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Retired And Happ August 06 2014 at 12:27 PM

Somebody clearly isn't paying attention while collecting boarding passes. She probably snuck on by walking through "with" another person after that person's pass was taken. Heads should roll after this breach!

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rbjrjr August 06 2014 at 12:59 PM

Stunned I tell you ! I am stunned ! With all those ace TSA (thousands standing around) people how could this happen? She shouldn't have been able to get past those geniuses without a boarding pass - never mind the 'security' people prior to TSA.

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buddwhyzr August 06 2014 at 1:22 PM

Stowaway? I was expecting she was in with the luggage or the wheel well. NOT in a seat sipping a cocktail.

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ycplum August 06 2014 at 11:50 AM

Go back tot he videotapes and discipline the security personnel and the immediate supervisor at the boarding pass checkpoints she went through.

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vietnamvet1967 ycplum August 06 2014 at 5:51 PM

You cannot, Because of TSA'S Union, and being Federal Rip Offs, I mean Workers, Nothing can be done, even when they are caught stealing people's items, Nothing was done, just re-asigned to a driffernt place, Never FIRED, That is there UNIONS PLEDGE

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Judith vietnamvet1967 August 06 2014 at 7:18 PM

Really? Stealing is one thing - endangering lives is another and this woman could very well have been a terrorist. Something more than just re-assigning the TSA and airline employees to a different airport can and will be done.

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brachm5 August 06 2014 at 12:19 PM

Either airport personnel don't deserve the jobs they have because they are not doing their job, or EVERYONE involved should be fired. Shouldn't a head count in the Aircraft be done before the doors are closed?! DUH!

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knarfdr brachm5 August 07 2014 at 1:09 AM

TSA should have never let her through because she didn't have a ticket. Of course, taking minimum wage people and tripling their wages and benefits doesn't make them any more competent.

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dollibug August 06 2014 at 11:42 AM

Not sure she should be called a *STOWAWAY*....don't think she *hid*....did she ?

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anwrose dollibug August 06 2014 at 3:50 PM

Obviously she hid in plain sight.

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billcdaly August 06 2014 at 1:52 PM

Boy I feel safer now.
These are the same workers who are looking at potential Ebola cases.
Doesn't that just give you a warm and fuzzy?

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jamestaylor1031 August 06 2014 at 2:21 PM

See Helen Hayes in the original " Airport " movie .. As Yogi said it's " Déjà vu " all over again !

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Viper1ex19 August 06 2014 at 3:44 PM

She is obviously smarter than TSA and the Boarding Agent...

Was she smart enough to get 1st class seat?

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