Indian origin passengers indicted for interfering with United Airlines onboard employees


Two men of Indian origin alleged for interfering with a flight crew member and a flight attendant during a flight from San Francisco to New Delhi have been indicted by the federal court July 22, announced the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of California.

According to the press release, the incident occurred, October 19, last year on United Airlines Flight.

David Singh Bhinder, 44, and Nitesh Babbar 32 were passengers onboard United Airlines Flight 867 departing from San Francisco enroute to New Delhi, India.

Both are residents of Southern California and appeared today[July 22] in federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Alex Tse to face the indictment. They have been charged together in one count of interference and attempted interference with the performance of duties of a flight crew member and flight attendant on an aircraft.

The indictment alleges the two attempted to interfere with and intimidate a flight crew member and a flight attendant during the performance of their duties.

The indictment describes that Bhinder and Babbar were disruptive and unruly, threatened to assault a flight crew member and flight attendant, and refused to comply with directions.

The charge carries maximum possible penalties of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Their next appearance is scheduled for August 10 before United States District Judge Charles R. Breyer. Both Bhinder and Babbar remain out of custody.