The Chicago-area woman known as a “serial stowaway” for repeatedly sneaking onto planes without a boarding pass became agitated in court Wednesday when her sanity was called into question.
Marilyn Hartman, 66, erupted after a judge granted Cook County prosecutors’ request to evaluate her sanity and mental fitness to stand trial on felony theft charges, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“No! I don’t!” she shouted, while shaking her head, when her lawyer told the judge she had a family, according to the report.
Hartman protested her attorney’s answer to another question from Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr.— this one about whether she was under the care of a medical professional.
“Yes!” Hartman cried out, wearing a jail uniform under an oversized jacket, as her attorney, Parle Roe-Taylor, began to say no.
She was arrested at O’Hare International Airport early Sunday after she had been ordered to stay away from its premises.
She was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing and violating her bail bond.
Hartman, who is being held without bail, is set to appear in court again on Feb. 13.
Marilyn Hartman slipped past security at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to fly to London without a ticket.
(Chicago Police Department via AP)
Hartman was arrested earlier this month after she snuck through security and past ticket agents and a Customs and Border Protection officer to board a British Airways flight to London.
She arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport without ever having purchased an airplane ticket.
Her court appearance Wednesday marked her fourth in two weeks.
Roe-Taylor said that Hartman does have family members who weren’t present in court Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported.
She is seeking to have Hartman’s no-bond order modified so her client can be released, NBC Chicago reported.
“I don’t think jail is an appropriate place for Ms. Hartman,” Taylor said. “She’s not violent. She’s not hurting personnel when she’s at the airport. She’s defenseless when she’s at the jail.”