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Woman sneaks onto flight after third attempt; raises TSA concerns

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TSA and airline officials are trying to figure out how a woman boarded a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket. (Source: KTLA/KTVU/San Matao Co. Sheriff/CNN) TSA and airline officials are trying to figure out how a woman boarded a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket. (Source: KTLA/KTVU/San Matao Co. Sheriff/CNN)

SAN JOSE, CA (KTLA/KTVU/CNN) - Flights were landing and taking off as usual Wednesday, 24 hours after police say a San Francisco woman managed to board Southwest Airlines Flight 3785 to Los Angeles and got through a TSA security checkpoint without a ticket.

“You know one single person able to do something like that. It does raise the hackles on the back of the neck a little bit,” passenger John Ector said.

Police arrested 62-year-old Marilyn Hartman, who has been arrested four times as SFO for trying to board a flight to Hawaii without a valid boarding pass and violating a stay away order.

TSA says Hartman was screened with all other passengers, although it’s unclear how she managed to get through without a ticket.

“Yeah, that’s concerning because that means anyone could just get on a plane and do whatever they want to do,” passenger Angie Meza said.

The San Jose Airport issued a statement saying: “The airport’s security systems and processes were not a factor in this incident and public safety was never compromised.”

Officers at LAX took Hartman into custody for trespassing after a Southwest employee realized she was unticketed and investigators found no proof she purchased and investigators found no proof she purchased a ticket.

The incident comes four months after a 15-year-old boy managed to jump the fence at the San Jose Airport and board a flight to Maui.

Airport officials maintain they are different, unrelated incidents because Hartman was screened, but that didn’t put passengers at ease.

“It alleviates a number of situations, but in terms of the overall safety factor it makes me wonder a little bit,” Ector said.

The TSA said it’s made a minor modifications to the layout of the document checkout area to prevent this from happening again.

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