A homeless woman pleaded not guilty on Thursday to trespassing charges for reportedly gaining access to the airfield at San Francisco International Airport and trying to flag down an airplane on Wednesday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Adriana Anabela Monterroso-Santos, 42, is a homeless woman who was living in the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter on North Access Road near the airport, Wagstaffe said. On Wednesday, about 6:30 p.m., Monterroso-Santos reportedly gained access to a restricted area in the airport and was reportedly waving her arms at an airplane on the airfield.
Police responded and arrested her, and she told them that because she is homeless and can't find a job that she was hoping to stow away on a plane to travel back to her homeland of Guatemala, Wagstaffe said. She told police she wanted to hide in the cargo compartment like the boy who flew from Mineta San Jose International Airport to Hawaii last April.
In that incident, Yahya Abdi, a Somali immigrant, miraculously survived a five and a half hour flight to Hawaii despite the fact that the plane was flying at 35,000 feet with low oxygen and freezing temperatures. At the time, he said he was hoping to catch a flight to Somalia to reunite with his mother.
Monterroso-Santos' story is also similar to the case of Marilyn Jean Hartman, a woman who unsuccessfully attempted to stow away on flights to Hawaii out of SFO, but ultimately got a flight out of San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket. Hartman has successfully been bouncing around the country by sneaking aboard airplanes and is now in custody in Florida.
Monterroso-Santos was charged with one felony and one misdemeanor for trespassing and gaining access to a protected and restricted area of the airport, Wagstaffe said. She was appointed an attorney Thursday and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
She is scheduled to return to court April 6 and remains in custody on $5,000 bail.