March 11, 2009

Suit: Airline lost Xbox 360

A Yale University student claims in a lawsuit against US Airways that his Xbox 360 was stolen from his checked luggage during a flight from Connecticut to Ohio.

Jesse Maiman, 21, filed a lawsuit Monday in Ohio's Hamilton County Common Pleas Court alleging that his video game system and its components went missing in between his Dec. 17 baggage check in New Haven, Conn., and when he picked up his bags at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday.

Maiman, who claims the gaming console and its components were together worth about $1,000, is seeking $1,700 for the loss of his property and non-economic distress damages of at least $25,000 in the maximum amount allowable by law or, in the alternative, in the sum of $1,000,000, the suit says.

US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder said the company has not been made aware of the lawsuit.

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, Wunder said. Further, our publicly available baggage policies specifically exclude liability for electronics checked in luggage.