Gay Couple Sues Airline Over Sex Toy Prank
A gay couple from Virginia filed a lawsuit against Continental Airlines and claims some of the company’s employees humiliated them by taping their personal dildo to the outside of their luggage, SF (San Francisco) Weekly reported.
Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger, who reside in Norfolk, Va., are suing the airlines and say the workers went through their belongings, took a dildo out of their bag and taped it to their luggage, which humiliated the couple as everyone in baggage claim could see their personal sex toy.
According to the lawsuit, the couple is seeking damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and negligence.
"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."
Borger, 35, told NBC News that thinking about the incident "still bring butterflies to my stomach."
A spokeswoman for Continental said in a statement that the company has launched a thorough investigation and said there is no support for the couple’s accusations, NBC News noted.
"United does not tolerate discrimination of any kind," Christen David said. "We will vigorously defend ourselves and our employees."
The complaint states that the men suffered a "high degree of shock and embarrassment" and that they had to call two friends to the airport to help them. The report goes on to say that witnesses laughed when they saw the dildo taped to their bag, which also caused the men to have server emotional trauma.
"I knew exactly what it was when I saw it," Borger said. "I was absolutely and utterly shocked and embarrassed and humiliated and I didn’t even know what to do at the time."
They said the baggage handlers knew that the sex toy belonged to two males because the couple’s names were on their luggage. They said they believe they were the subject of the prank because of their sexuality.
"I absolutely, fervently believe that this was intentional," Bridgeman, 34, said. "It was very sick and it was very wrong and it was just maliciously taped to the top and targeted because we’re gay."
The couple’s attorney, Harry Scarborough, would not say how much the money the men are suing for, but the lawsuit is requesting mental anguish damages, attorney fees and expenses. Scarborough said that the couple doesn’t travel much anymore because of the incident.