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Woman stows away on a flight from San Francisco

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A passenger without a ticket flies on a Southwest Jet to Los Angeles from San Jose. (Source: CNN) A passenger without a ticket flies on a Southwest Jet to Los Angeles from San Jose. (Source: CNN)
(CNN) - Southwest Airline and TSA officials in California are trying to figure out how a woman got through security and onto a flight without a ticket..

It comes just a few months after a teenager got onto the tarmac and into a plane's wheel well.

After repeatedly failing to stow away on an airplane from San Francisco Airport Marilyn Hartman, 62, pulled it off.

On Monday, she managed to bypass two levels of security at San Jose International Airport.

Hartman reportedly blended in with a family showing their boarding passes to airport security.

At the Southwest Airlines gate, she managed to merge with a family again - slipping right past the gate agent without a boarding pass or a reservation.

"That is concerning because that means anyone could just get on a plane and do whatever they want to do," said Angie Meza, a passenger.

Only after the flight landed in Los Angeles did the flight crew reportedly realize something was off. They took a head count and Hartman’s secret was out.

Los Angeles Police say further investigation revealed Hartman did not have a confirmed reservation, nor did she have any documents showing she'd purchased a ticket.

 Lucky for her, the flight apparently wasn't full, otherwise she likely would've been bumped before takeoff. She was arrested at LA's airport for Trespassing.

San Jose International Airport says public safety was never compromised:

"The passenger was screened by TSA for any prohibited items, it's really important to point that out, and public safety was not compromised in any way.

"The individual was screened along with all other passengers to ensure that she was not a security threat to the aircraft. Following an initial review by TSA at San Jose International Airport, the agency has initiated minor modifications to the layout of the document checking area to prevent another incident like this one."

The TSA also says the rogue passenger was properly screened, "The agency has initiated minor modifications to the layout of the document checking area to prevent another incident like this one."'

Four months ago, surveillance video showed a 15 year old Somali immigrant who hid in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight leaving San Jose back in April. He survived five and half hours beneath the Maui-bound 767 jet.

It doesn't appear Marilyn Hartman was looking to do any harm.

She'd reportedly told authorities after past stowaway attempts that she has cancer, and was simply trying to go somewhere warm.

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