3 August 2016
Veerabhadrarao Kunam, 58, of Visakhapatnam is accused of inappropriately touching a woman next to him on Flight 170 from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey on July 29. Veerabhadrarao Kunam was seated in an aisle seat next to the woman who was sleeping in the middle seat. As per the report film, She awoke to find Veerabhadrarao Kunam hands touching her inappropriately and rubbing his bare feet against hers. The woman then traded seats with her male travel companion, and Kunam offered to buy him a drink and told him he wanted everyone to forget about the incident, prosecutors said. A member of the flight crew then moved Kunam to another seat, and the defendant said he would not touch the victim again, the complaint said. Virgin America spokesman Dave Arnold said in a statement that the crew had been alerted to 'reports of a disruptive individual' accused of inappropriate touching.
Attorney Paul Fishman said Kunam was arrested on July 30 when his flight arrived, and was released on $50,000 bond following a Monday court appearance in Newark federal court. The charge against Kunam carries a maximum two-year prison term and $250,000 fine.