For most people, losing some or all of their luggage at the airport is a headache. For Jesse Maiman, it's an opportunity. On Monday, the 21-year-old Yale University student filed a lawsuit in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court against US Airways for the loss of his Xbox 360. His asking price in damages? One million dollars.
Disbelieving snickering aside, Maiman claims that the console, which sported a "specialized hard drive," was stolen from his luggage as he travelled from New Haven, Connecticut, to Cincinnati, Ohio. The student is seeking $1,700 in relief for the loss of his console, as well as the maximum damages allowable, or $1 million, the Associated Press reports. The most expensive Xbox 360 retails for $399, begetting the obvious question of just what this "specialized hard drive" contains.
In language befitting a man of Yale, Maiman called his ordeal with US Airways "an unconscionable run-around." For its part, US Airways told the AP that it had not yet been informed of the suit, noting only that liability limits set by the government are $3,300 per bag.