Couple Sues Air Tran Over Cockroaches On Flight

A North Carolina couple is suing Air Tran Airways, alleging they were sickened by cockroaches coming out of air vents and storage areas on a recent flight. They say flight attendants ignored their concerns.

WCNC-TV reports that Charlotte attorney Harry Marsh and his fiancée, Kaitlin Rush, saw the cockroaches soon after takeoff on a Sept. 15 flight from Charlotte to Houston with a stop-over in Atlanta. They say flight attendants were too busy to investigate the problem. Marsh said Rush became nauseous and now doesn't want to fly.

They're claiming mental and emotional distress and seeking more than $100,000, plus the price of their tickets.

Air Tran said it can't comment on pending litigation, but it denies several allegations. The airline says cleanliness is important and that planes are regularly and professionally treated for bugs.


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  • by Bubba on Nov 14, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    All attorneys are roaches.
  • by 40some on Nov 14, 2011 at 08:11 PM
    Reason why we'll never get tort reform...The lawyers are mostly what represents us in raleigh and in DC.
  • by Lady bug Location: Greenville on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:27 PM
    Oh just get a life this is just CRAZY
  • by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    I hope that gets thrown out. Emotional stress......give me a break.
  • by Sarah Location: Goldsboro on Nov 14, 2011 at 07:31 AM
    YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.... an airline ticket in 1970 was more than now, because you ate off china, had leg room, had cleaners on and off every flight, white covers recovered on each seat, clean fresh bathrooms, a full coverage of flight crew, freshly stocked ammenities, coffee in boarding area, etc. etc. You get the bare basics now...because that is what demanded! Being a retired F/A It has been a BIG change since the "days of glory!" The bugs are nothing... I have seen rats in the cockpit... and some chewing on IMPORTANT WIRES!! You can'g have your cake and eat it too... and expect to get ALL the extras and pay nothing....!! Obama is not funding this like he is your family. Welcome to the WORKING CLASS!
  • by Gray on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:45 AM
    "saw the cockroaches soon after takeoff on a Sept. 15 flight from Charlotte to Houston with a stop-over in Atlanta." Just a ? but if this made HER so sick, why did't she (on the Atlanta lay over) get another flight...... Just wondering
  • by ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    Gives a new meaning to the peanuts on the plane now doesnt it? LOL (Salted or unsalted roaches yummmmy)
  • by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    Might I suggest that these folks do a Google search for the lyrics of a great song by The Eagles, entitled "Get Over It". I encourage everyone else to do so, as well..it's VERY relevant to this situation, and to our society in general. Plus, it's good, old-fashioned rock n' roll!
  • by Oh no on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    Roaches may have come out of their luggage. Check their home. Might be a set-up.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:34 AM
    I wish NC had the same laws about firvolity in suits that some other states have. In pre-trial motions, or at anytime if the suit is found to be frivolous, not only is the attorney fined, but his entire firm. They can't practice until all expenses are paid in fines, and damages to the defendant. The people who initiated the suit are fined also. It stops alot of this kinda junk.
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