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69YO Woman Brags About Fooling Airlines For 19 Years On Television, Reveals How She Did It 30 Times
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69YO Woman Brags About Fooling Airlines For 19 Years On Television, Reveals How She Did It 30 Times

"When I took the plane ride, I wasn't happy. I wasn't, 'Oh, I'm going here or there,' I was in a depressed state of mind," she claimed

Chicago Police Department via AP
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Editor’s note: This article was originally published on March 25, 2021. It has since been updated.

Imagine getting away with scamming for years only to get caught when you come clean with it. This is what happened to a woman who had sneaked onto 30 flights without a ticket for over 19 years. She got arrested two days after giving a TV interview where she said that she was done with the illegal practice, reported Insider

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69-year-old Marilyn Hartman was detained at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago after she left her residential facility around noon. She was electronically monitored after breaking the terms of her probation for the same crime at the same airport in 2019. Hartman announced her retirement from the illegal practice during a CBS2 interview two days earlier in which she said she had resisted an in-depth interview "until I was confident that I wouldn't take an illegal flight again," The Times of London reported. "The thing I've got to tell you: I have never been able to board a plane by myself — I was always let through. I mean, I was able to go through the security line without a boarding pass. I got by them ... by following someone. They would be carrying like a blue bag. And the next thing I know, I get into the TSA line and TSA lets me through, and they think I'm with the guy with the blue bag," she said, according to Insider

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