Per the Montreal Convention of 1999 (you may call it the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air around your house) sets limits on damage claims for international flights. In the case of baggage mishandling, this would put a cap of around $1,740 for the affected couple.
Since the plaintiffs say there was no purple sex toy taped prominently to the outside of their bag when they transferred flights and re-checked their bag in Houston, they argued that the mishandling of the bag occurred after the international leg of their travels was completed. To the plaintiffs, this means the Montreal Convention does not preempt their suit.
But the judge obviously disagreed, writing:
“The Court is of the view that the damages alleged by the plaintiffs arise from a mishandling of the plaintiffs’ luggage and, therefore, their claims are preempted. The conduct that the plaintiffs rely upon to establish their claim occurred during the time when the luggage was in the charge of Continental. Stated another way, the event that gives rise to the alleged injury occurred while the luggage was in the care of Continental.”
[via Courthouse News]