CRIME

Woman known for trying to sneak on planes freed after jail time for latest stowaway attempts

This undated booking photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Department shows 63-year-old Marilyn Hartman. Hartman was released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago on Thursday, July 2, 2015, and says she’s through with her run of stowaway attempts. She was arrested April 24, for loitering in a restricted area at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. She was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing on state land and released. She was arrested again in Chicago on Sunday May 3, at Midway International Airport and charged with the same offense in addition to violating her bail bond. Hartman has succeeded in getting on a flight at least once without a ticket. She has previously said she's mentally ill and homeless. (Cook County Sheriff's Department via AP)

This undated booking photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Department shows 63-year-old Marilyn Hartman. Hartman was released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago on Thursday, July 2, 2015, and says she’s through with her run of stowaway attempts. She was arrested April 24, for loitering in a restricted area at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. She was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing on state land and released. She was arrested again in Chicago on Sunday May 3, at Midway International Airport and charged with the same offense in addition to violating her bail bond. Hartman has succeeded in getting on a flight at least once without a ticket. She has previously said she's mentally ill and homeless. (Cook County Sheriff's Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes around the country has been released from the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

Sixty-three-year-old Marilyn Hartman told reporters outside that she felt "free as a bird."

Hartman was arrested after trying several times to get past security at O'Hare and Midway airports in April and May.

Hartman has tried numerous times in recent years to board flights without a ticket. She has succeeded at least once, getting on a Southwest Airlines plane and flying from San Jose to Los Angeles last August.

She pleaded guilty this week to misdemeanor criminal trespassing on state land and was released Thursday after nearly two months in jail.

Speaking to reporters, she explained her behavior by saying, "Even smart people do stupid things."