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Prank Costs Airline a Lawsuit
Court News Service ^ | Aug 28 2012 | CAMERON LANGFORD

Posted on 08/28/2012 10:00:45 AM PDT by scottjewell

HOUSTON (CN) - A gay couple claims in court that Continental Airlines workers humiliated them by taking a dildo from their baggage and taping it outside the bag for everyone in baggage claim to see.

Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger sued United Continental Holdings and Continental Airlines in Harris County Court.

The men say they arrived in Houston from Costa Rica, retrieved their undisturbed checked luggage and after going through Customs rechecked their bags for a flight to Norfolk, Va.

"Upon arriving in Norfolk, plaintiffs exited the aircraft and went to the baggage claim area," the complaint states. "Plaintiffs' bags were sent to the baggage carousel where plaintiffs discovered, to their horror, that a private sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered in a greasy foul-smelling substance and taped prominently to the top of their bag.

"Plaintiffs experienced extreme shock and horror when they observed the above-described bag and when observing the surprised and/or laughing faces of numerous onlookers in the baggage claim area.

"Plaintiffs were experiencing such a high degree of shock and embarrassment that they felt compelled to call two friends to come to the airport to assist them.

"Fortunately, the friends arrived and were able to assist plaintiffs out of the airport and to their home, but by that time the damage had already been done, and plaintiffs had suffered severe emotional trauma."

The men claim the baggage handlers probably pulled the prank "because of the fact that the sex toy was contained in the bag of a male, and because the employee(s) responsible knew that the bag belonged to a male due to the name tag attached to the bag and the male clothing contained in the bag."

They seek punitive damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and negligence.

They are represented Harry Scarborough.

United and Continental Airlines merged in May 2010 to form one of the world's largest airlines.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gaystapotactics; hissyfit; homosexualagenda; lavendermafia; lookatme; losepays; napl; pantiesinawad; publicitywhores; tortreform
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Traumatic but somehow comical. ;-)
1 posted on 08/28/2012 10:00:51 AM PDT by scottjewell
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I don’t think it’s comical at all. They shouldn’t be doing that with anyone’s belongings. Period. The whole idea is just gross anyway.


2 posted on 08/28/2012 10:03:25 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: scottjewell
Costa Rica....IIRC that's one of the “hotspots” where Western perverts go to find young boys.Kinda like Thailand en Espanol.
3 posted on 08/28/2012 10:04:29 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: scottjewell

Must have been some good tape if it was covered with a greasy substance and kept its adhesion...


4 posted on 08/28/2012 10:05:24 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Paved Paradise

I agree. The person who did this should be fired.

Yes, I’m also grossed out, but people should have their privacy respected.


5 posted on 08/28/2012 10:06:41 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: scottjewell

“always use the indefinite article a dildo, never your dildo.”


6 posted on 08/28/2012 10:06:56 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yup. I still have a sample of the tape the TSA uses...


7 posted on 08/28/2012 10:08:02 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1317 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Jonty30
I agree. The person who did this should be fired.

Can a TSA worker even be fired?

8 posted on 08/28/2012 10:09:35 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1317 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Paved Paradise

“They shouldn’t be doing that with anyone’s belongings. Period.”

When you check a bag, you think the contents are safe. Whoever opened the bag could have taken something of value and it would be gone. Whoever did that should be fired.


9 posted on 08/28/2012 10:10:31 AM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: scottjewell

Assuming the incident actually happened as described.

Given the events of the last few years, that’s by no means a sure thing.


10 posted on 08/28/2012 10:11:32 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Marcella

Fired? How about jail.


11 posted on 08/28/2012 10:11:40 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: scottjewell
"Plaintiffs experienced extreme shock and horror when they observed the above-described bag and when observing the surprised and/or laughing faces of numerous onlookers in the baggage claim area.

So they were upset to witness the expressions and laughter usually reserved for when they prance away?
12 posted on 08/28/2012 10:12:48 AM PDT by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: Paved Paradise

Well, you’re right. Of course they shouldn’t touch any passenger’s private property, and they will pay now. Sorry.


13 posted on 08/28/2012 10:12:48 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Joe 6-pack

I also had the same thought. My second thought was that this is a very unlikely story. The bags are scanned BEFORE they are put on the plane. Assuming that the act was as listed, the tape would have been exposed to:

external handling and bumping being loaded on to the plane
extreme cold temperatures while at altitude - further reducing the ability of the tape to hold.
external handling and bumping during off load and transport vial baggage handling

Is it possible that this was added after the bag was delivered so as to provide cause for the lawsuit? What evidence do they have that their bag was returned in such a manner?


14 posted on 08/28/2012 10:14:14 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: driftdiver

They may in fact be prosecuted because they also got their employers involved in major litigation.


15 posted on 08/28/2012 10:15:00 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: null and void

If they searched Obama’s luggage and taped his dildo onto the cover of his suitcase, they probably would have been.


16 posted on 08/28/2012 10:15:42 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: scottjewell
“Plaintiffs were experiencing such a high degree of shock and embarrassment that they felt compelled to call two friends to come to the airport to assist them.

“Fortunately, the friends arrived and were able to assist plaintiffs out of the airport and to their home....

Really? Talk about reinforcing a gay stereotype.

17 posted on 08/28/2012 10:16:05 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: taxcontrol
"My second thought was that this is a very unlikely story."

Actually, that was my point :-)

18 posted on 08/28/2012 10:16:15 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: taxcontrol

Well after the Nebraska hoax and many others and with your questions, it just may be a hoax. They likely know that involving Continental Airlines in major litigation might get them a quick and hefty settlement. Sure makes you wonder.


19 posted on 08/28/2012 10:16:35 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

I agree that the TSA worker or airline employee who did this should be fired—assuming the event took place as reported, which is always a legitimate question in these situations. It would not astonish me if I were to learn that the passengers did this themselves.

If it did take place, imagine the silliness and weakness of two people, ostensibly adult men, who were so overcome by the “trauma” of being embarrassed in front of strangers that they had to call other friends to help them out of the airport. Imagine people being unable to function after an embarrassment and not even being able to walk. Is this not absurd?

Trauma is being hit by a car. Rape is traumatic. The death of a loved one is traumatic. Being involved in some hideously bloody, violent event, like a shooting, is traumatic. Having people see your sex toy is mildly embarrassing.

There’s something wrong if you’re using a device that’s so shameful you are overcome with emotion at the very idea that others have seen it. Most people would be pissed off, not driven to their knees with “trauma” if this happened to them (again, assuming it really did happen).


20 posted on 08/28/2012 10:18:20 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: fungoking

That’s what had me thinking it may be another hoax, this time primarily financially motivated. Just too damn over-played.


21 posted on 08/28/2012 10:18:28 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: driftdiver
How about jail.

What exactly would the criminal offense be in this case?

22 posted on 08/28/2012 10:19:50 AM PDT by Kazan (Support for Romney is disobedience to God!)
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To: scottjewell

Embarrassment is not Trauma.

Not defending whatever baggage handler did this, but TRAUMA and EMBARRASSMENT are not the same thing.


23 posted on 08/28/2012 10:19:50 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: scottjewell

I’m coming down on the side of a hoax.


24 posted on 08/28/2012 10:20:18 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: scottjewell

Damn those baggage handlers are not only smart but clairvoyant.They need to be working Wall Street or Vegas.


25 posted on 08/28/2012 10:20:33 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: Marcella
Whoever opened the bag could have taken something of value and it would be gone.

I would assume most bags are being opened anyway given the extreme security measures being taken these days.

26 posted on 08/28/2012 10:21:16 AM PDT by Kazan (Support for Romney is disobedience to God!)
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To: scottjewell

Whoever did this should be fired and held liable.

The fact that they were just soooo overwhelmed that they needed two friends to help them from the airport has to be the funniest thing I’ve heard this week. Can you imagine if these guys ever faced any real adversity? Bring the smelling salts....


27 posted on 08/28/2012 10:21:28 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: Jonty30
If they searched Obama’s luggage and taped his dildo onto the cover of his suitcase, they probably would have been.

Agreed, if they were lucky.

Yes, I’m also grossed out, but people should have their privacy respected.

Even his.

28 posted on 08/28/2012 10:21:55 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1317 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: scottjewell
a private sex toy

Oh, the private kind, not those found in the public square.

29 posted on 08/28/2012 10:23:36 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: scottjewell

This article hits all the right PC buttons. So the two fairies in question were so mortified by events they couldn’t even compose themselves and “had to call a friend” to help? What a load of rubbish.

Also - you couldn’t pay me enough to touch that thing


30 posted on 08/28/2012 10:24:14 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: scottjewell
I wonder if one of the “friends” they called happened to be a lawyer who happens to specialize in gay rights lawsuits?
31 posted on 08/28/2012 10:30:02 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: taxcontrol

I’m sort of suspicious of this story.


32 posted on 08/28/2012 10:30:12 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: scottjewell

What else are these freaking idiots taking from bags?? Hope airline gets hammered.


33 posted on 08/28/2012 10:34:13 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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“Plaintiffs were experiencing such a high degree of shock and embarrassment that they felt compelled to call two friends to come to the airport to assist them.

You are HOMOSEXUALS if that fact alone does not embarrass you then nothing should.........


34 posted on 08/28/2012 10:35:24 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: scottjewell

This has TSA written all over it. This is the first time I got an inkling that the TSA had a sense of humor.


35 posted on 08/28/2012 10:35:39 AM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Paved Paradise

Everytime coming of going on international flights, I got a note inside luggage that TSA had opened and inspected. There is no expectation of privacy on international flights.

I am curious what the two other “buddies” did to save them at the fairy dildo go-round.


36 posted on 08/28/2012 10:36:03 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: scottjewell

I am not buying this story at all

it seems way too stupid for even TSA workers


37 posted on 08/28/2012 10:36:26 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Menehune56

That’s what I more or less thought from the get-go. the whole thing read like a funny gay sit-com episode. Time will tell - I’m sure Continental has webcam surveillance of their baggage areas.


38 posted on 08/28/2012 10:36:59 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

This story sounds queer to me...
Bet it is a set-up.


39 posted on 08/28/2012 10:38:12 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: X-spurt

coming OR going...... I’m blaming it on these damn Walmart readers.


40 posted on 08/28/2012 10:39:11 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: scottjewell

i didnt’ know suitcases were scanned at the destination. had this happened at the origin, the thing would have had to survive being taped to the suitcase being mooshed around in the bilge the entire flight, plus the rough handling the bag would have gotten when it was unloaded and thrown on the conveyor belt afterward.
i really doubt it happened as advertised. i call BS.


41 posted on 08/28/2012 10:40:03 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Well a few years ago on a flight to Vermont my daughter made the mistake of packing all hers and her kids electronics in checked baggage. Guess what? Every single one of them stolen. Kids mini computer/toys, her laptop, etc. Airline said too bad, file a police report. She did. Luckily most of the stuff was purchased through my Amex so once the police report was faxed to Amex she got a check for a large percentage of the purchase price.
I am sure it happens alot but she learned a great lesson.


42 posted on 08/28/2012 10:40:52 AM PDT by sheana
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To: camle

The more you examine the facts, the more hinky it seems.


43 posted on 08/28/2012 10:41:51 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell
Please add me to the "not believing the story and finding their extreme trauma funnier than the made-up prank" column.
44 posted on 08/28/2012 10:42:18 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Yep, more and more joining that list. ;-)


45 posted on 08/28/2012 10:44:03 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: Kazan

“How about jail.”

“What exactly would the criminal offense be in this case?”

Probably tampering with private property while in an official capacity with an International airline. But I think this may turn out to be one more gay hate crime hoax, with big bucks as the incentive.


46 posted on 08/28/2012 10:46:38 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: SECURE AMERICA

I’d bet on it. I don’t think baggage handlers have time to do this bullsh*t, and they know airport security forbids it.


47 posted on 08/28/2012 10:47:59 AM PDT by scottjewell
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To: scottjewell

how did they know who’s bag it belonged to, assuming they found it loose in the hold? else how did they manage to get the time to scan the bag, take it out, then tape it back to the bag? baggage handlers don’t have that kind of time around a piece of luggage.
i bet scanners find this sort of stuff all the time and don’t care enough to make a ‘prank’ out of it.
my money sez this is bogus...


48 posted on 08/28/2012 10:52:35 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: ottbmare

Outstanding post! & BTW, what is the OTTB Mare?


49 posted on 08/28/2012 10:55:18 AM PDT by delcopatriot (Defeat Obamatollah and his czars!)
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To: Jonty30

LoL LoL.....what happens when TSA, x-rays you and your baggage...what privacy do you have....NONE!


50 posted on 08/28/2012 10:56:50 AM PDT by B212
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