Couple Bound For
Houston Sues AirTran Airways For Cockroach Infestation
By Steve Hall
November 14, 2011 - Charlotte based attorney Harry
Marsh, and his fiancée, Kaitlin Rush a couple from North
Carolina are suing AirTran Airways, in their suite they
are claiming that the September 15th, Houston bound
fight that they were on was infested with cockroaches.
Marsh and Rush claimed that cockroaches could be seen
coming out of air vents and storage areas and when they
confronted a flight attendant, the flight attendant
placed her finger over her lips as if to say be quite.
Marsh and Rush further claimed that the flight
attendants ignored their concerns.
The couple reported that throughout the flight the
cockroaches could be seen moving about. They are suing
the airline for $100,000 plus the price of their tickets
on the grounds of negligence, recklessness, intentional
infliction of emotional distress, nuisance, fraud and
unfair and deceptive trade practices.
The couple further reported that they had to discard
some of their belongings for fear of their clothing being
contaminated with roaches and possibly roach eggs. Rush
claimed that she became nauseous as well as other
passengers over the event and now does not want to fly
again. Marsh and Rush took photos of the cockroach
infestation and their ability to roam the aircraft.
reported that all of their aircraft are cleaned and spayed for
insects on a regular basis but did not comment on this incident.
At this time we are unaware of any other passengers filing a
lawsuit as it relates to this incident. The case, plaintiffs in
this case are Harry C. Marsh and Kaitlin Rush, the defendant is
AirTran Airways, LLC, case number 3:2011cv00572. The case was
filed on November 10, 2011, in the North Carolina Western
District Court in the Charlotte Office. The Presiding Judge to
hear the case will be Graham Mullen and the plaintiffs have
requested a jury trial.
In another related story AirTran Airways, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines told its Employees on Friday that its operations will cease in June 2012 at the several airports and that a number of employees would receive pink slips. AirTran Airways a low-cost airline headquartered in Orlando, Florida. AirTran operates over 650 daily flights.
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