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Gay couple sue airlines for taping their dildo to their luggage

HOUSTON – A gay couple returning home from a vacation in Costa Rica have sued Continental Airlines, claiming that airline workers removed a dildo from their luggage and taped it outside the bag for everyone in baggage claim to see.

The lawsuit was filed in Harris County Court in Houston by Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger of Virginia, Courthouse News Service (CNS) reported Tuesday.

The couple retrieved their luggage after going through Customs after their flight from Costa Rica landed in Houston, and found nothing amiss, and then boarded their connecting flight to Norfolk, Va., the lawsuit says.

CNS reported:

"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."

CNS said the men believe that the luggage handlers knew the owner of the bag containing the dildo was a man because of the identity tag.

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

The incident happened last year before the United Continental merger.