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Student sues airline over lost Xbox 360

Posted by: Cyril at 3/11/2009 11:17 AM
Here's a word of caution to any airline I use in the future: Don't you dare lose my Xbox 360 ... OR ELSE!  Apparently the airlines didn't get the memo when they lost 21-year-old Jesse Maiman's Xbox 360.  According to press reports, Jesse, a Yale University student, is suing U.S. Airways for losing his video game system.  He's asking for (I hope you're sitting down for this) $1,700 for the lost game system and for maximum damages available.  In other words, he'll settle for $1,700, but he would really like the one million dollars he could get from the airlines.

Even more intriguing is why he is asking for that much (as opposed to $300 - $400, which is what the console retails for): According to The Huffington Post story he had a "specialized hard drive."  A specialized hard drive?  Even if Jesse had a 120 GB hard drive completely filled up, he would still be able to download everything he bought via the Xbox Live Marketplace without much trouble.  Sure it will take him awhile to get everything downloaded, but how long is it going to take to fight this lawsuit in court?  I'm dying to know what was on that console that makes him think it's worth $1,700 - $1,000,000.

For what it's worth, U.S. Airways claims that the government limits the liability to $3,300 per bag.

Source: The Huffington Post