Federal Judge Dismisses Continental Airlines Dildo Humiliation Case

A lawsuit which probably should never have been filed in the first place has been thrown out by a federal judge.

The suit brought against Continental Airlines by two gay men who were vacationing and had returned to the United States via a Virginia airport implicated the airline of mishandling contents of their luggage which upon retrieval in baggage claims reputed to cause them great humiliation and embarrassment.

The offending incident which was photographed by one of the men showed a black duffel bag which had been taped “closed” but exposing a large dildo which had a greasy substance slathered on it.

The men, Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger, were “horrified” to not only find their piece of luggage in such a state but the item of personal use exposed for all to see.

They contended that one or more Continental workers purposely taped the open duffel bag in such a way as to display the dildo and thus cause them humiliation and severe emotional trauma when they retrieved it in front of people in the baggage claim area.

The suit was brought against the airline on behalf of the men by the law firm of Faubus & Scarborough LLP based in Houston, Texas. LGBT blogger Michael B. Hamer who is an attorney and LGBT activist in Virginia who knows the couple apparently offered them advice in pursuing a suit against the airline.

According to the website Court House News, federal judge Kenneth Hoyt dismissed the suit based on The Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, commonly known as the Montreal Convention, pre-empts the claims for damages related to the mishandling of luggage, according to the ruling.

Adopted in 1999, the Montreal Convention sets conditions and limits for the damages that passengers can seek.

Borger and Bridgeman were unable to circumvent the treaty to find relief, according to the four-page order.

While Hamar had much to say about the incident on his blog back in 2011, at the time of this writing Hamar has been quiet on his blog regarding the dismissal of the case.

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