A 21-year-old film studies major at Yale University is really annoyed that his XBOX 360 went missing from his luggage on a US Airways flight, so he decided to sue them. For a million dollars.
The Cincinnati Enquirer says the student is asking for $1,700 for the XBOX, and for “non-economic distress” of at least $25,000, but “in the maximum amount allowable by law or, in the alternative, in the sum of $1,000,000.”
The suit also alleges that after the student noticed that his luggage was lighter than when he packed it, he reported the “theft” to US Airways, resulting in weeks of “an unconscionable ‘run-around’ ” that is the basis of his lawsuit.
US Airways said they had no knowledge of the lawsuit, but did mention that the federal liability limit for lost luggage is $3,300 per bag.
“We haven’t been apprised of any lawsuit yet, but regardless of the figure in the complaint, there are federal loss limits applicable to all airlines on their liability for lost luggage and belongings, which are currently set at $3,300 per bag,” Valerie Wunder, a US Airways spokesperson, told the Enquirer. “Further, our publicly available baggage policies specifically exclude liability for electronics checked in luggage.”
Anyway, for the rest of you, if something goes missing from your checked luggage it’s the TSA that you should really be dealing with. They have a claims center set up to deal with the problem of “misplaced” property. You can find it here. And no, they probably won’t give you a million dollars for your XBOX.