Yale Student Sues US Airways For $1 Million Over Lost Xbox 360

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Boo hoo...a Yale student had his Xbox 360 pilfered out of his luggage during a US Airways flight. That, combined with the emotional toll involved in the recovery effort should be worth $1 million right?


According to the student, his Xbox "had a specialized hard drive and components he said cost more than $1,000." Yeah right—"specialized." At any rate, the lawsuit is seeking $1700 for the loss of the system, non-economic distress of $25,000 or, better yet, the $1 million maximum allowed by law. Of course, all of this is moot considering that airline federal loss limits are capped at $3,300 per bag—and that excludes electronics.

I feel for the kid, I really do. After all, if someone at US Airways stole the unit he should be awarded reasonable damages. However, you would think that a student at Yale would be smart enough to know that you don't put expensive electronics in checked baggage. Apparently, they aren't teaching classes in common sense over there. [GamePolitics Image via Flickr]

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OK, firstly, suing for a million dollars for only $200+ worth of hardware is ridiculous.

But secondly, I have to echo some others about expecting some sort of safety for belongings that are checked in. If I plan a long-term stay overseas or wherever I'm taking a flight to, I may have enough valuables that I couldn't carry them all into the cabin anyway.

Also, some airlines have taken some other measures regarding check-in and carry-on luggage. Spirit Airlines, for example, will randomly select carry-on luggage to put in as check-in luggage. This is particularly bothersome because, more often than not, those bags will not be locked.