Something doesn’t add up here.
A 16-year girl was flying from Seattle to Newark for a summer fellowship program at Princeton. She was seated in a window seat and awoke to find a man’s hand on her thigh. The man, 28-year-old Dr. Vijakumar Krishnappa, quickly jerked his hand away and the girl fell back asleep.
But she was soon startled awake again–
Krishnappa again “put his hand on her groin and inner thigh, and began rubbing the victim through her clothing.” The victim was startled awake when the man attempted to put his hand down her pants.
The girl complained to FAs and asked to be moved. Her request was granted.
Oddly, though, when the plane landed in Newark, Krishnappa was allowed to leave and quickly left the airport. The girl called her family and told them what happened.
The family called the FBI, who stepped in to help. She picked out Krishnappa out of a photo line-up and he was promptly arrested. He has been charged with knowingly engaging in sexual contact with a minor.
Krishnappa denies all allegations and is free on bail with an electronic monitor.
Why Was He Let Off the Plane?
According the FBI complaint, the girl shared exactly what happened to FAs. Why, then, was Krishnappa not met by authorities in Newark? This is from the same airline that called the cops on a father holding his own son…have FAs now gone from reporting too much to reporting nothing at all? I find it inexcusable that authorities were not notified, but want to get the FA’s side. Thus far, United has only said—
The safety and security of our customers is our top priority. We take these allegations seriously and continue to work closely with the proper authorities as part of their review.
I have no idea why a 16-year-old girl would make up a story like that, with that level of detail, thus I buy her story. I trust she is telling the truth because this incident will destroy Krishnappa’s reputation and perhaps his professional career. But my question remains why United would let this man off the plane if the girl shared with FAs what happened to her. Something doesn’t add up here.