Delta Sex toy Incident in FL

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Woman says she was humiliated over sex toy, sues airline

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Posted July 26 2002, 1:36 PM EDT

CLEARWATER -- A woman who was pulled off an airplane in Dallas and asked to pull a sex toy out of her luggage after it started vibrating has sued Delta Airlines, saying she was publicly humiliated.

Renee Koutsouradis, 36, of Pinellas County, was sitting on a plane in February with her husband, awaiting takeoff from Dallas, when her name was called over the loud speaker.

She was met at the front of the plane by a Delta security agent who told her to walk with him to the tarmac.

When he told her something was vibrating in one of her bags, she said she told the agent that it was an adult toy that she and her husband had just bought on their trip to Las Vegas.

She said the agent took her to the bag on the tarmac and forced her to open it ``and remove the adult toy and hold it up for visible view,'' according to the suit that was filed Wednesday in Pinellas County Court.

Passengers on the side of the plane facing the tarmac saw everything, and three male Delta employees nearby ``began laughing hysterically'' and made ``obnoxious and sexually harassing comments,'' the suit claims.

After having to hold the item up for a minute, the suit says, Koutsouradis was allowed to repack and return to her seat for the flight to Tampa.

Embarrassing incidents have become more common with increased security by all airlines since Sept. 11, said Michael Boyd, an airline planning and security consultant.

``Customers now have to be aware that their bags are always subject to search in front of other people,'' he said.

Koutsouradis' lawyer, Brad Tobin, would not release her hometown, except that she lives in Pinellas County. There was no local telephone listing under her name.

She declined comment when contacted by the St. Petersburg Times.

``I just don't want to be embarrassed any more than I've already been,'' she told the newspaper for Friday editions.

Tobin said Delta agents should have escorted his client to a private area.

``She was pretty horrified by the treatment,'' he said. ``She never contended that Delta doesn't have the right to investigate a security issue. It was their total lack of professionalism.''

A spokeswoman for Atlanta-based Delta declined comment on specifics of the lawsuit.

``We have an obligation ... to protect the safety and security of passengers,'' said spokeswoman Katie Connell. ``If there's anything questionable about a bag, we have a responsibility to investigate.''

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages of more than $15,000, accusing Delta of negligence, the intentional infliction of emotional distress and gender discrimination.


Story's right here...
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-726vibrator.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines
 

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Hmmm...so she didn't want to be embarrassed any further. Instead of letting it go with the handful of people that saw this random lady with a toy (which I'm sure people would have forgotten anyway), she now has her name associated with it and people all over are reading about it. She's a smart one...
 

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If she's seeking only $15K than it
sounds like she's looking for a life time
supply of batteries and doesn't care
about the embarressment she already
created with her lawsuit.

I wonder what planet she came from,
or did she miss what happened on 9/11...

Something that is cylinder shaped; has
electrical wires with a multi-function
switch mechanism and is battery powered.

I couldn't believe how F/A's told me what they
threw away during 9/11...Most gave me
a very bad visual in which I really didn't need
to hear. But I would like to thank the others
for a Visual even I didn't anticipate...

Jetsnake
 

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Jetsnake,

cylinder shaped? Mulit-function switch mechanism? I didn't see any of that in the article posted. Do you have some inside knowledge and or personal experience with these type of devices? Exactly what is a Jetsnake? ;)

RT
 

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rumpletumbler said:
Jetsnake,

cylinder shaped? Mulit-function switch mechanism? I didn't see any of that in the article posted. Do you have some inside knowledge and or personal experience with these type of devices? Exactly what is a Jetsnake? ;)

RT
you gotta get out more, rumple-boy. ;)
 

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rumpletumbler said:
Jetsnake,

cylinder shaped? Mulit-function switch mechanism? I didn't see any of that in the article posted. Do you have some inside knowledge and or personal experience with these type of devices? Exactly what is a Jetsnake? ;)

RT

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Too bad for her. For six years I have worked the ramp for Delta, and we have always been told to take vibrating bags seriously. What is in her bag may be her property, but if safety is an issue, her bag may be searched at any time. Sorry about your luck Renee. Now, it is probably true that she was told to open her bag, (I doubt forced, because if she refused to do so where I work, we would simply remove her from the flight unless she complied with her instructions.) If she had to open her bag in view of other pax on the plane, or people in the concourse and hold the vibrator up in the air or something, then yes that is wrong. If three delta ramp agents stood by and laughed, well I can't say much for that except that they should have other things to do, but it is funny. I have seen those things fall out of bags that were not closed properly and it is funny. In the end, she won't get sh!t from Delta. I understand that everyone today is so sue happy, but Jetsnake is right, did she miss what happened on 9/11 or what? Her bag was brought to attention because it was virbrating. If is was really a bomb and she was forced to open her bag, would she sue the airline then? No, she wouldn't.
Unless you have a really good case, you shouldn't get so deep in water that you can't touch the bottom anymore. She's over her head and now she has millions of people who will know who she is.
 

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What is a Jetsnake?

While you don't get to pick your
call sign, it is rather awarded by your
peer's...

I was awarded to fly jet's, and the snake
came from between my loin's...

Thanks Mom and Dad, you did good!

Jetsnake
 

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This was the subject of a joke in "Fight Club".

"Of course, the policy of the airline is to never imply ownership of said dildo. We say 'a dildo was found', not 'your dildo'"...
 

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I don't think anyone's forgotten about 9-11, but this could have been handled discreetly.
 

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such a dumb lawsuit...

I've been a posting fiend today about my profession. In my opinion, her lawsuit is frivolous. Unreal. I cannot believe any of my bretheren would take this case.

It would be fun to be the lawyer defending Delta, though. Can you imagine the deposition (which, by the way, is a document that is a public record).

Anyone can forget something but TAKE OUT THE **CENSORED****CENSORED****CENSORED****CENSORED** BATTERIES when you clean it after you're done using it!!!!

I hope they had fun in LAS, at least.

Fly safe!!!

PS Why couldn't they confront them in the jetway?
 
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