Officials: Woman sneaked onto flight after 3 tries

August 6, 2014

— A woman who took a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket tried at least three times Monday to breach airport security before she managed to board the plane, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

It was the San Jose airport’s second security breach in recent months. A teenage Somali immigrant stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from there to Hawaii in April.

Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, bypassed an agent who was screening boarding passes at Mineta San Jose International Airport by sneaking through with a family, the law enforcement officials said..

Hartman then went through the electronic screening process before entering an airport terminal.

She then managed to board Southwest Airlines Flight 3785 to Los Angeles International Airport and was discovered once the plane landed, the officials said.

The San Francisco woman was ordered to serve 24 months’ probation after she pleaded no contest Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom to willfully and unlawfully entering the city as a stowaway on an aircraft, a misdemeanor. Hartman also was ordered to stay away from the Los Angeles airport unless she has a ticket to board a flight.

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