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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Gay Couple’s Dildo Being Taped to Their Luggage at Airport

Last year a gay couple Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger  returned home from a trip from Costa Rica to Virginia. When the couple retrieved their checked bags at the Norfolk airport, they discovered to their horror that a private sex toy (a HUGE pink dildo) had been removed from one of their bags, covered in a greasy foul-smelling substance, and taped prominently to the top of their bag.”

Bridgeman and Borger, filed a lawsuit contending that an unknown Continental Airline worker (or workers) taped the sex toy to the bag, which was spotted  by “numerous onlookers” in the baggage claim area. The couple said they were left humiliated and suffering from emotional trauma.

By a U.S. District Court order, Judge Kenneth Hoyt dismissed the lawsuit and ruled that while the “facts underlying this suit are undisputed,” the negligence/invasion of privacy complaint filed by Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger is preempted by a treaty covering the handling of baggage on an international flight.  (Smuggling latex?)

In answering the couple’s complaint, Continental argued that the matter was a standard “mishandling of baggage” claim, which would not allow the couple to pursue claims for damages. Hoyt sided with the airline

Well we’ve always known that Continental Airlines tries to stick it up your ass if given the chance…. finally some hardcore proof!

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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