Serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman has been arrested again, this time at an airport in Phoenix, Ariz., according to authorities.

It was at least the 10th time since March that the 62-year-old homeless woman was arrested or detained at an airport, nine times for trying to stowaway on a passenger aircraft and once for successfully sneaking aboard a flight from Mineta San Jose International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport.

On Tuesday around 11:30 a.m., Hartman was arrested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after airport employees recognized her and saw her loitering in the "nonsecure" baggage claim of Terminal 4, Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said. She did not have a ticket and faces criminal trespassing charges, Crump added. Police have also requested a mental health evaluation for Hartman.

Marilyn Jean Hartman
Marilyn Jean Hartman (Courtesy San Mateo County Sherif)

This was not the first time Hartman had been at the Phoenix airport. Crump said on Aug. 20, police detained her after she tried to pass through the security checkpoint without a ticket. She was let go with a warning and was escorted from the airport premises.

Hartman was arrested seven times at San Francisco International Airport before successfully hopping a flight in San Jose on Aug. 4. After she was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, a judge told her to stay away unless she had a boarding pass. But she was caught at the airport just days later, then arrested again.

That time, a Los Angeles County judge ordered her to serve about six months in jail, but due to overcrowding issues, she served just three days and was released, officials said.


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Hartman has apologized in the past for returning to airports, previously saying she only had $4.25 in "piggy bank" change. But officials have said she is a notorious plane hopper. It is unclear just how she made it from Los Angeles to Phoenix.

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