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Old 12th May 2015, 10:09 AM
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In The News: The Dildo In Your Luggage Got Unwanted Attention. The Case Goes To Trial

Read about what happened to one couple whose dildo was found in their luggage when they were coming home from abroad. Humiliation at the airport ensued, then a court case, first dismissed, then reinstated, now going to trial this week. Here's an excerpt:

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A Houston federal jury is hearing opening arguments Tuesday in a case where baggage handlers are accused of humiliating a gay couple by manipulating a duffle bag to cause a sex toy to be exposed when released on a baggage claim carousel.

Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger filed the suit after a trip to Costa Rica in May 2011. They returned to the United States on a Continental flight through Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, cleared customs and rechecked their bags for the domestic trip home to Norfolk, Va.

Upon retrieving their belongings, they discovered an unexpected object taped between the zipper of one piece of luggage: A purple sex toy. The Virginia couple's 2012 federal lawsuit, filed in Houston, alleges that the device had been removed purposefully from the duffle and slathered with a greasy, foul-smelling substance to embarrass them. The petition claims the airline's baggage handlers intentionally inflicted emotional distress and invaded their privacy by searching through their luggage.
The rest of the story is here: Lawsuit involving passengers' sex toy goes to federal trial - Houston Chronicle
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Old 15th May 2015, 08:47 AM
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An update on this case, the suit was dismissed after conflicting testimony. The judge, who had previously dismissed to case only to have it reinstated by the Appeals court, said that it remains a 'whodunit.' There was also the unanswered question of whether the luggage had been tampered with by TSA personnel.

The bottom line is that if you are ever in this type of situation -- and I hope you will not be -- keep your wits about you and take photos with your phone. If you have a strong enough personality and can handle it, take the names of witnesses and also go immediately to the baggage claim office to demand an explanation so that all can be documented and airline and perhaps TSA employees involved could also be questioned.
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