Airline Cockroaches Lawsuit

A North Carolina couple is suing AirTran, saying they were sickened by cockroaches on a flight.

They say they tried to get a flight attendant to help but were brushed off.

The flight, September 15th.

The airline - Air Tran.

The passengers - Charlotte couple Harry Marsh and Kaitlin Rush.

The destination - Houston - for a wedding.

The problem?

The couple says cockroaches coming out of air vents and carry-on compartments shortly after takeoff.

They took these pictures, which are now part of their lawsuit.

And in the lawsuit, marsh and rush allege "numerous other passengers became aware of the cockroaches..."

That "flight attendants were too busy to investigate the problem or believe the problem existed."

That it "caused great distress to a number of passengers." and "rendered them sick."

By phone friday, marsh said they could see the cockroaches long enough for rush to become nauseous.

He says now, she doesn't want to fly.

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

Add it up and they allege "mental and emotional distress" caused by Air Tran's negligence and failure to provide a clean, pest-free flight.

They're suing for more than 100-thousand dollars - plus the price of their tickets.

C-N-N reached out to Air Tran for comment, but hasn't gotten a response.

Charlotte T-V station, W-C-N-C says the airline told them it can't comment on pending litigation but does deny the allegations, saying the planes are regularly treated for bugs.

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