Weird news: Gay couple sues airline over dildo

A Virginia couple is suing after an embarrassing incident

By Prachi Gupta

Published August 30, 2012 11:06PM (EDT)

Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger are suing United Airlines for "intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and negligence" after finding a dildo taped to their luggage at baggage claim.

The sex toy, which had been taken out of their belongings, was covered in a “greasy foul-smelling substance” and “taped prominently” to the top of the suitcase. Bridgeman 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.” Now that they have overcome the shock, the couple has decided to sue saying that "I absolutely, fervently believe that this was intentional. It was very sick and it was very wrong and it was just maliciously taped to the top and targeted because we’re gay."

You can read the lawsuit in its entirety here.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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