Courtesy of San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeMarilyn Hartman

Courtesy of San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeMarilyn Hartman

Woman arrested at SFO tells authorities she feels safer at airport

Marilyn Hartman, the woman who has snuck past security at San Francisco International Airport at least three times, was back in court Wednesday for violating a condition of her probation — to stay away from the airport — after she was arrested at the airport Tuesday.

Hartman, 62, of San Francisco, pleaded not guilty Wednesday and told prosecutors that she just felt safer at the airport than at her Third Street apartment in The City.

Last month, Hartman was arrested after her third attempt to sneak past security to get on a plane that would take her to Hawaii. She has told authorities she has cancer and just wanted to go somewhere warm. She pleaded no contest to the charges and was released on the condition that she stay away from the airport unless she has a legitimate boarding pass.

On Tuesday, she was arrested at a food court that was only accessible by having gone through security, prosecutors said. She did not have a boarding pass for a flight. She did have her paperwork stating the conditions of her probation, however.

Hartman was released on her own recognizance Wednesday and is scheduled to return to court Aug. 4.

Hartman's story has pulled on the heart strings of many who have read it. A website has been created with the goal of attaining enough money to send Hartman to Hawaii legitimately, with some extra cash to help treat her cancer, if she indeed has cancer. The site was created by Will Kolbe on Feb. 28. On the site, he says if she doesn't have cancer, the additional funds will be donated to UCSF oncology. So far, the site has raised $415.

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