Detroit-area woman charged in assault on airline flight

A woman accused of assaulting a woman and calling her a racial slur on a Spirit Airlines flight to Detroit has been arraigned

ROMULUS, Mich. -- A woman accused of assaulting a woman and calling her a racial slur on a Spirit Airlines flight to Detroitwas arraigned Friday.

Alexandra Farr, 39, of Roseville, faces ethnic intimidation and assault charges. The victim was a Black, Muslim woman.

Farr appeared in 34th District Court and was released on a $7,500 personal bond, according to the Wayne County prosecutor's office.

Farr and another passenger on a flight Saturday were involved in a verbal confrontation when Farr allegedly called the 29-year-old victim a racial slur. The victim then started recording the encounter with her cellphone, according to prosecutors. That's when Farr allegedly struck the woman's hand.

Farr later was arrested by airport police. She also was charged with being a disorderly person.

“The alleged activity of this defendant was completely inappropriate and quickly elevated to criminal activity,” Prosecutor Kym Worthy said. “Racist rants have become far more common lately and we will not hesitate to take action when we can do so legally.”

Court records did not yet list a defense attorney for Farr who could comment on the allegations.

A probable cause conference was scheduled for Sept. 29.

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