The Bay Area woman who breached security and stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles — and then violated an order to keep out of LAX without a ticket — was sentenced Wednesday to six months in county jail.

Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, told Commissioner Alan Rubin she preferred jail to any program designed to help her. Police say Hartman is addicted to trying to board flights without paying for a ticket or going through security.

“This has got to stop, period,” Rubin repeatedly told Hartman, a white-haired, bespectacled woman wearing a yellow jailhouse top. Hartman was kept in a glass cage during a hearing at the Airport courthouse, but Rubin ordered deputies to remove her shackles, saying the chains weren’t warranted.

“I don’t know if jail time will make an impression,” Rubin said. “It’s got to stop.”

Arrested six times trying to slip onto flights undetected at San Francisco International Airport — wanting to make her way to Hawaii — Hartman finally succeeded Aug. 4 at San Jose International Airport. Los Angeles Airport police arrested her when her Southwest flight landed.

Airport authorities and police did not consider her dangerous, but the fact that she made her way onto a flight without a boarding pass raised questions about San Jose’s airport, where a young man stowed away in a wheel well of a flight to Hawaii in April.


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Hartman pleaded no contest two days later to a misdemeanor charge of entering Los Angeles as a stowaway and was sentenced to three days in jail — time she had already served. She also was placed on two years of probation and told she had to stay away from Los Angeles International Airport unless she had a valid ticket to fly.

Hartman left the airport courthouse that day, rode a bus to Santa Monica, and took another bus to Union Station, where she spent the night. Police officers, who were keeping an eye on her, watched as she boarded a FlyAway bus to LAX on Aug. 7 and walked into several terminals. Police Chief Patrick Gannon said officers gave her a chance to buy a ticket, but eventually arrested her outside Terminal 7.

Rubin revoked her probation Monday and asked that she undergo a mental evaluation before Wednesday’s proceeding.

Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Spencer Hart said attempts to assess her to see what types of programs could help didn’t get far. Hartman, he said, did not want a program. She wanted jail.

On Wednesday, when Rubin asked her if that was true, Hartman answered, “That’s correct.”

Rubin, who said he could not force Hartman to get help, told her he considered her behavior extremely serious. She appeared to nod in agreement as Rubin explained that police resources need to be focused on serious safety issues, not wasted on her.

“LAX is a target all the time,” the commissioner said, adding that her conduct makes airline travelers feel unsafe.

Rubin also told Hartman that if she continues to try to breach security, her case could become the jurisdiction of federal officials.