- A person filed a class-action lawsuit in opposition to United Airlines after the corporate misplaced his baggage.
- Jack Lipeles alleged within the swimsuit that United falsely informed him his baggage was stolen.
- He accused the corporate of attempting to evade reimbursing prospects for their $35 checked bag price.
A traveler says United Airlines misplaced his baggage, and he is taking them to courtroom over it.
According to his attorneys, Jack Lipeles flew from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Los Angeles, California, in November 2022 on a United flight, and he paid the $35 price to have one bag checked.
When Lipeles arrived in Los Angeles, “he went to pick up his luggage, but was unable to find his bag. United informed Plaintiff that his luggage was stolen and that he should speak to the police to report the stolen luggage,” the federal lawsuit, filed in California in late August, mentioned.
But when Lipeles went to the airport’s police, he obtained troubling information, in accordance to the grievance.
Airport police informed Lipeles he ought to file a declare with United “because it is United’s usual policy upon losing luggage to falsely state the luggage has been stolen in order to avoid reimbursing for the loss thereof,” the lawsuit mentioned, including that Lipeles by no means obtained any reimbursement from United for his misplaced baggage or the $35 price.
Lipeles and his attorneys, who didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for touch upon Saturday, are bringing the case as a class-action swimsuit focusing on United’s “unfair and unlawful business practices.”
Reached for remark, a spokesperson for United declined to touch upon the swimsuit, calling it an “ongoing legal matter.”
According to information from the Department of Transportation, United Airlines and its companions dealt with some 5,793,084 luggage in November 2022, and 31,374 of them had been mishandled, which the DOT defines as luggage which are “lost, damaged, delayed, and pilfered, as reported by or on behalf of the passenger.”
“Airlines are required to compensate passengers for lost, damaged, or delayed bags. For domestic flights, DOT allows airlines to limit their liability for lost, damaged, or delayed bags to $3,800,” the DOT mentioned in a remark to Insider. “Airlines may pay more than these amounts but are not required to do so.”