Saturday, November 12, 2011

Couple sues airline over cockroaches on plane.

A Charlotte couple is suing Air Tran Airways, claiming they saw cockroaches coming out of air vents and storage areas on a recent flight and that attendants ignored their concerns.

The lawsuit stems from a flight that attorney Harry Marsh and his fiancée, Kaitlin Rush, took from Charlotte to Houston with a stop-over in Atlanta on Sept. 15.

Marsh and Rush allege cockroaches came out of air vents and carry-on compartments shortly after takeoff. They took pictures of the cockroaches and included them as exhibits in the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, Marsh and Rush allege that several other passengers became aware of the cockroaches, and that it caused distress to a number of passengers.

The suit also alleges that flight attendants were too busy to investigate the problem or believe the problem existed. Marsh said that when he brought the issue to a flight attendant’s attention, the woman put her finger to her mouth. He believes the flight attendant was implying to be quiet, Marsh said.

The suit also claims the cockroaches made them sick. Marsh said Rush become nauseous and now doesn't want to fly.

Marsh also said they had to throw away some of their belongings and wash others because of concern that cockroaches got on their clothes and into their luggage.

They're alleging that Air Tran's negligence and failure to provide a clean, pest-free flight caused them mental and emotional distress.

They're suing for more than $100,000, plus the price of their tickets.

Air Tran said it can't comment on the pending litigation, although it denies several of the allegations in the suit.

Air Tran also said the cleanliness of its equipment is very important, and the planes are regularly and professionally treated for bugs.

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