Police: “Serial Stowaway” Known For Trying To Sneak Onto Planes Arrested At Two Chicago Airports

A woman who’s been caught multiple times — with varying instances of success — trying to sneak aboard planes without a ticket has been arrested at two Chicago airports within a month trying to pull her signature stowaway move, police say.

Officials in Chicago say she’s been arrested twice recently, once at Midway Airport and in April, at O’Hare International Airport, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Transportation Safety Administration officers told police on Sunday that a woman was loitering near a checkpoint. Officers found she had no ticket and no reason to be there, a police rep said, and charged her with misdemeanor criminal trespass to state-supported land, a minor charge.

But then they realized she’d done the same thing at O’Hare last month and had been arrested on the same charge, which meant she was violating the terms of her bond, and instead booked her into Cook County Jail. On April 24, police said officials found her loitering in a restricted area near a ticketing counter in the international terminal. Again, she had no ticket and no reason to be there.

She’s now scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

The 63-year-old woman has been busy in the last year: Last August she managed to fly without a ticket from San Jose to Los Angeles, and was then arrested a few days later at LAX. Then she managed to get to Florida from Minnesota in February on a plane without a ticket, even posing as a resort guest before her ruse was discovered.

Woman known as ‘serial stowaway’ arrested at Midway, O’Hare [Chicago Tribune]

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