California Man Accuses Southwest Passenger of Assaulting His Spouse

  • Google software program engineer Faraaz Sareshwala stated his spouse was assaulted on a Southwest flight to Phoenix.
  • In a thread of tweets, he referred to as out Southwest Airways for not reprimanding the person he stated is accountable.
  • The Phoenix Police Division handed the case over to the FBI because it occurred within the air.

A California man is accusing a Southwest Airways passenger of bodily and verbally assaulting his spouse who was a passenger on a Saturday morning flight from Orlando to Phoenix.

In a series of tweets, Google software program engineer Faraaz Sareshwala detailed an encounter through which he stated a person sitting in entrance of his spouse, Saarah, allegedly “violently pushed his seat again” repeatedly in an try and bodily hurt her, whereas additionally making a number of “racial slurs (and) misogynistic feedback.” 


Sareshwala stated that his spouse, Saarah, was sleeping along with her head on the tray space when she was awoken by the alleged outburst, which he stated was witnessed by his spouse’s seatmates. Though she was initially unaware of what occurred and acquired up to make use of the restroom, he wrote that the passengers next to her tried to confront the person and knowledgeable Saarah of the incident upon her return. 

Sareshwala wrote that the person allegedly advised the seatmates to “fuck off” and stated “that bitch acquired what was coming for her.” As drink service started within the cabin, Sareshwala stated the person additionally made feedback to a lady sitting subsequent to him that he ought to resume hitting the seat in an effort to spill Saarah’s drink. 

After struggling to get assist from flight attendants, Saarah and her seatmates started passing notes backwards and forwards to speak in regards to the challenge, he stated. Sareshwala shared what he stated was a notice from one specific witness, Gabi, who detailed her account of occasions.

note written by Gabi Calhoun from a Southwest flight from Orlando to Phoenix.

Courtesy of Faraaz Sareshwala

In his Twitter thread, Sareshwala expressed frustration with Southwest, alleging that although one flight attendant supplied to vary his spouse’s seat, they by no means confronted the person, whereas one other worker solely supplied to name the police after one in all Saarah’s seatmates spoke up. 

Southwest stated in an announcement to Insider: “After being made conscious of a scenario on a Southwest flight yesterday, the Crew requested legislation enforcement meet the plane upon arrival. Southwest Airways maintains zero-tolerance for any sort of alleged harassment or assault on our Prospects or Staff.”

Sareshwala did not responded to Insider’s request for remark.

Everybody concerned was questioned by the Phoenix Police Division, and the case was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a result of the incident occurred within the air, Sareshwala stated.

“We do not have an FBI case quantity however the Phoenix police stated that if the FBI thinks there’s sufficient proof to press fees they’ll attain again out,” Sareshwala stated in a tweet.

He went on to focus on the roles race and gender could have performed within the alleged incident. 

“We nonetheless do not know why he grew to become so violent. Nonetheless, I do know that my spouse has by no means felt so violated, unvoiced, and powerless,” he wrote. “He used racial slurs and misogynistic feedback so I assume it was that she was Indian and a lady (learn: not white and never a person).”

The Federal Aviation Administration has a strict zero tolerance for unruly or harmful conduct on flights. On Wednesday, a person was arrested and banned from American Airways after being seen punching a flight attendant behind the top.

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