SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The old Southwest Airlines “want to get away?” ad campaign seems to have really hit home with a 62-year-old Bay Area woman.
Sheriff’s deputies say Marilyn Jean Hartman was arrested for trespassing at the San Francisco International Airport Tuesday. It was her 4th arrest at the airport in just over a month.
Prosecutors say Hartman tried to board flights to Hawaii on February 15th, 18th and 20th. She had previously made it all the way onto a flight, without a ticket, before an arriving passenger came to claim the seat. Here other previous attempts failed at the screening checkpoint. On Tuesday Hartman was arrested while hanging out in the food court, outside the secure area.
Hartman was placed on 18 months’ probation as part of a plea deal after the original arrests. A San Mateo County court commissioner had ordered Hartman to stay away from SFO unless she has a legitimate ticket to fly.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the woman has previously said she has cancer and is trying to get to Hawaii so that she can be someplace warm. Her health claims have not been verified.
Apparently inspired by Hartman’s persistence, a GoFundMe campaign is underway to legally send the woman on a trip to Hawaii. As Of Tuesday the group had raised just $125 of their target $2,500 for the trip.