Couple Loses Lawsuit Against Airline For Putting Sex Toy On Display

dildo-luggage.jpgLast year gay couple Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger returned from a trip to Costa Rica got quite a shock at the airport: Luggage handlers had gone through their bags, found a dildo and taped it to the exterior of their suitcase—allowing other passengers to see it as it made its way down the baggage carousel.

The pair were understandably mortified, and filed a suit against Continental Airlines for “intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and negligence.”

But, last Thursday, a judge in U.S. District Court dismissed their case, citing regulations that severely limit claims for damages “to the mishandling of luggage.” The men might have been better off suing the TSA, whose agents are the only ones with authority to open luggage. But good luck suing a government agency responsible for national security.

So the next time you get hassled at the body scanner, remember it could be a lot worse.