A 74-year-old man named Gary Matthew Sorichetti was arrested on federal charges of abusive sexual contact for allegedly groping an American Airlines flight attendant during a flight from Sarasota, Florida to Charlotte, North Carolina in February 2020.
According to the probable cause complaint, Sorichetti stood up on the flight and backed up into the flight attendant multiple times in a playful manner.
Later, when he asked for a seatbelt extender, he placed both his hands on her hips for a few seconds.
She reported this to a colleague, and when she returned, she found that Sorichetti had moved to sit next to her jump seat.
When he remarked about her perfume, she answered politely, but he continued to ask her personal questions.
During takeoff, he allegedly stretched an arm across her legs and up her thigh, touching her crotch. She told him not to do that, and he removed his hand.
An arrest warrant was issued for Sorichetti on March 4, 2021, and he was taken into custody on April 27, 2023, more than two years later.
There is no response yet from American Airlines regarding the incident.