A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket in California and arrested at a Phoenix airport earlier this week said Thursday that she suffers from an unrecognized mental illness.

Marilyn Jean Hartman also said she believes authorities have purposely allowed her to be a plane stowaway so they can arrest her.

Hartman, 62, gave teary, often rambling explanations for her behavior to reporters at a Phoenix jailhouse.

She said she's homeless, suffers from "whistleblower trauma syndrome" and has been medically diagnosed with major depression.

Hartman said her last psychological evaluation occurred about a year ago. Phoenix police are requesting a mental-health evaluation for her, but a jail official said a court order is needed.

She was arrested Tuesday near baggage claim at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on suspicion of criminal trespass. Hartman was loitering around a checkpoint and not in possession of an airline ticket, police said.

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