AN AMERICAN woman is suing Aer Lingus for $1m (€800,000) after her engagement ring and other valuables were allegedly stolen from her luggage.
Mother-of-three Sade Coppens filed a lawsuit against the airline in a New York court earlier this month.
She is claiming "emotional trauma and distress" after a bag went missing following a transatlantic flight from New York to Amsterdam via Dublin during the summer.
Ms Coppens (28) alleges her two-carat diamond white-gold ring, worth $9,300 (€7,400), and other valuables were in a bag which was approved as carry-on luggage at a check-in desk at John F Kennedy International Airport.
However, when she got to the gate a flight attendant informed her that the bag was "too big" for carry on and would have to be put in the cargo hold.
After arriving with her children at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam she discovered the bag and a baby buggy had gone missing.
These were eventually returned to her 10 days later, but the ring and other items - including over $10,000 (€8,000) worth of photographic equipment and a Chanel bag - were missing.
According to a statement she submitted to the court, Aer Lingus only offered her $1,682 (€1,344) in compensation.
She is now seeking damages of $1m for "irreplaceable loss, punitive damages, emotional distress and trauma" and accused Aer Lingus of "negligence, immorality and insensitivity".
Ms Coppens denied the sum being sued for was excessive, telling the Herald that the ring was "priceless" to her.
"What Aer Lingus has done to me is to take away very precious memories. One of the most important moments of my life was my engagement - and the ring was the symbol which sealed myself and my husband's commitment to each other," she said.
She said the missing SD memory cards contained "all pictures and films of my children's entire lives, including birth pictures".
Aer Lingus is seeking to have the case dismissed.
A spokesman for the airline, a quarter of which is owned by the Government, declined to comment.
Brooklyn-based Ms Coppens and her children - three boys aged four, three and nine months - had flown to Amsterdam to visit her husband, IT technician Aron (42) on July 22.
A judge is expected to decide in the new year whether the case can proceed.