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Gay Couple Sues United Airlines After Finding Dirty Sex Toy Taped to Their Luggage

A gay couple is suing United Airlines after retrieving their luggage and finding a sex toy which had been taken from one of their bags, covered in a dirty oily substance, and "taped prominently" to the top of the bag, NBC News reports:

Bridgeman_borgerChristopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger of Norfolk, Va., are seeking damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and negligence in a lawsuit filed against the airline on Friday in the District Court of Harris County, Texas.

“It still brings butterflies to my stomach,” Borger, 35, told NBC News when recalling the episode.

United countered that it has conducted a thorough investigation and determined that there is no support for the allegations, spokeswoman Christen David said in a statement.

“United does not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” David said. “We will vigorously defend ourselves and our employees.”

The couple was returning from a vacation to Costa Rica:

“I knew exactly what it was when I saw it,” he told NBC News. “I was absolutely and utterly shocked and embarrassed and humiliated and I didn’t even know what to do at the time.”

Onlookers began laughing when they saw the bag, causing the men severe emotional trauma, according to the lawsuit. Bridgeman speculated an airline employee went through the bag — which was closed with a simple zipper — found the sex toy, saw that it belonged to a man and decided to humiliate the owner.

“I absolutely, fervently believe that this was intentional,” Bridgeman, 34, told NBC News. “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 incident took place in May 2011.

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  1. I'm not saying this couldn't have happened but why are they waiting 15 months after the fact to file a lawsuit?

    Posted by: John | Aug 29, 2012 1:27:13 PM


  2. Maybe it was TSA?

    Posted by: Mark B | Aug 29, 2012 1:29:11 PM


  3. Why are they traveling with a dildo?

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 29, 2012 1:29:18 PM


  4. Why should they have to buy a new one at every destination?

    Posted by: joey | Aug 29, 2012 1:31:17 PM


  5. And they aren't horrified & distressed talking about it to NBC news? Now that they want $$$, of course they aren't. If they'd walked away no on would know who they are, now they get interviewed on the news about it??? Doesn't make sense

    Posted by: Weepy | Aug 29, 2012 1:32:36 PM


  6. drama drama victim drama blah

    Posted by: Aaron | Aug 29, 2012 1:34:36 PM


  7. I suspect this was done in Costa Rica (more believable, maybe even as a joke) and only discovered in the US.

    Posted by: castaway | Aug 29, 2012 1:38:20 PM


  8. Someone broke into their suitcase somewhere along their travel route. Was it a United employee? Was it a baggage handler? Was it a security screening? More than a year later, how could anything be proved?

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Aug 29, 2012 1:39:46 PM


  9. This is the weirdest, dumbest thing I have ever heard. Wow. Just don't get it, even as a joke!

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 29, 2012 1:40:27 PM


  10. This makes no sense. They were targeted because they were gay just because the item was in a man's bag? That doesn't make any sense. I'm sure straight couples sometimes take sex toys on vacation and there's a man's name on the bag. Just doesn't make any sense....

    Posted by: NCScotty | Aug 29, 2012 1:45:36 PM


  11. Was the dirty oily substance already there, I wonder?

    Posted by: randall | Aug 29, 2012 1:46:09 PM


  12. Cuz @RICK, they wanted to- why does it matter to you?

    There was a case of a woman a year a two ago who had a TSA note left inside her baggage basically making if of her using a vibrator.... She caused holy hell, and the TSA agent was rightly fired.

    People who have access to the very personal elements of our lives -(urologists/ gynecologists examining you, bank officers transferring your money, and TSA/ airline employees who are there to ensure safety by checking everyone's luggage) are held to a high standard- and if they betray that trust, they need to be prosecuted.

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 29, 2012 1:47:47 PM


  13. @rick What does it matter that they are traveling with a dildo?

    Posted by: Vquack | Aug 29, 2012 1:48:09 PM


  14. This seems like another case of gaking = gay faking.

    Posted by: MnGySc | Aug 29, 2012 1:48:42 PM


  15. Interesting social experiment:

    If you follow Andy on Facebook, all of the comments are supportive of the gay couple.

    Here on the site, where anonymity is allowed and anti-gay trolls like Rick thrive, most of the comments are negative or question the gay couple's motives.

    Posted by: endo | Aug 29, 2012 1:52:46 PM


  16. Honestly, who brings a sex toy in their luggage on travel. I mean really LOW CLASS!

    they were utterly shocked and embarrassed? You are the ones that put it in your luggage, why are you embarrassed?

    Posted by: GUEST | Aug 29, 2012 1:53:22 PM


  17. @Guest, they were embarassed because everyone saw it taped to their luggage. Everyone has a right to privacy. It's not illegal to bring a dildo onto an airplane. However, I don't know how the airline could be held responsible. They have no reasonable control over some idiot deciding to do something like this.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 29, 2012 2:03:32 PM


  18. HA! All you people acting like THESE GUYS were at fault for even bringing the dildo on their vacation probably have the world's most boring sex lives.

    I hope they get to successfully sue every single party involved and get an apology from United.

    Posted by: David in NYC | Aug 29, 2012 2:04:44 PM


  19. "And they aren't horrified & distressed talking about it to NBC news?"

    That's a very good question.

    I'm also unclear on why they think the baggage handler would not only know both that the bag belonged to a man and that that man is gay and discriminated because of BOTH of those facts.
    There COULD have been clues to the sex and orientation of the bag owner. For example, a bag was labeled "Christopher" (not "Chris Bridgeman or C. Bridgeman) and contained men's products (rasors, etc.) as well as a nightlife guide to gay Costa Rica.
    But a lot of people would think a sex toy of any sort is fun to laugh at no matter who owns it (male, female; gay, straight or bi). The baggage handler could just as easily have said "Let's have some fun and watch whatever girl or guy owns this thing turn red" or "His wife will be so embarrassed." So the "discrimination" aspect (against either males OR gay people) is really hard to prove.

    Posted by: GregV | Aug 29, 2012 2:05:43 PM


  20. This story broke when it first happened last year:

    http://www.bilerico.com/2011/06/unitedcontinental_sends_gay_travelers_a_foul_messa.php

    They had already contacted United and issued a complaint with United claiming to do an investigation.

    You can also read more about the lawsuit here:

    http://www.bilerico.com/2012/08/gay_couple_sues_continental_airlines_for_intention.php

    Posted by: luminum | Aug 29, 2012 2:10:06 PM


  21. "Why are they traveling with a dildo?"

    Cuz it's cheaper than finding a good dildo sitter...

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 29, 2012 2:13:55 PM


  22. From the pictures on their "Oh, Mary!" website, it appears to be a huge blue double-headed dildo.

    Posted by: ChicagoR | Aug 29, 2012 2:20:24 PM


  23. "Cuz it's cheaper than finding a good dildo sitter..."

    Well played,sir.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 29, 2012 2:23:13 PM


  24. Stupid fags!

    Posted by: Thomas Leavens | Aug 29, 2012 2:33:50 PM


  25. I saw the pictures. It was an enormous purple dildo. They probably laughed when they bought it.

    Posted by: Markus | Aug 29, 2012 2:34:14 PM


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