Woman Sues Airline For $3.4 Mil Over Wedding Dress

Lilian Min
Photo credit: Ursula Klawitter

From Cosmopolitan

Weddings are stressful enough as they are, and as this summer's Alfred Angelo kerfuffle showed, even the best-laid plans can come to nothing. But one New Jersey woman allegedly has the! Worst! Wedding gown sabotage story! Of the year, or rather, 2015.

According to Yewande Oteh and her family, Oteh, who was flying with the gown to Jamaica for her wedding, claims that an American Airlines ticket agent told her she could bring the gown onboard and store it in a hanging closet.

It was on the plane that Oteh alleges American Airlines flight attendant Melanie Masters "became indignant and agitated, and began to talk to plaintiff in a hostile aggressive way, instructing her that the closet space was not for passengers," leading to the dress being packed in an overhead bin.

Oteh then alleges that she was Masters put something in the bin later on the flight... and when the bin was opened later by airport workers (because Oteh didn't want to interact with Masters again), the dress was reportedly soaked through with red wine.

The whole incident would naturally put anyone into a stressful state, which is why Oteh is now suing American Airlines for not just the dress damages and various costs and fees, but also for causing physical and emotional distress. The total suit is asking for $3.4 million - $850,000 for each count of "Negligence, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress and Negligent Hiriing and Negligent Retention."

Masters, for her part, has this to say: "It really didn't go like that at all."

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