A gay couple from Virginia are suing Houston-based United/Continental Airlines after baggage handlers allegedly removed a sex toy from one of their checked bags, leaving on show before it went back on the carousel.

The couple claims the sex toy had been covered in a “foul-smelling lubricant” and taped to the top of the bag.

As reported by John Wright in the Dallas Voice, Michael Hamar at The Bilerico Project, an LGBT advocate group, said that the couple were on their way home to Norfolk, Virginia after holidaying in Costa Rica.

When they arrived in Norfolk, their bag came down the carousel, partially open, with the dildo showing and wrapped in clear plastic tape bearing the Continental logo.

The bag was left open though the zip was working.

The couple filed their lawsuit last week in Harris County district court, suing the airline for emotional distress, invasion of privacy and negligence.

The lawsuit states: “Because of the fact that the sex toy was contained in the bag of a male, and because the employee(s) responsible knew that the bag belonged to a male due to the name tag attached to the bag and the male clothing contained in the bag, there is a high likelihood that these egregious actions were directed towards [the] Plaintiffs because they are homosexual and because they are males.”