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Couple sues airline over cockroaches

Published On: Nov 14 2011 09:37:57 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 15 2011 09:05:57 AM CST
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A North Carolina couple is suing AirTran Airways, alleging they were sickened by cockroaches crawling out of air vents and baggage storage areas during a recent flight.

Harry Marsh and Kaitlin Rush have filed a lawsuit seeking $100,000 plus the price of their tickets for mental and emotional distress after they snapped photos of cockroaches on their plane Sept. 15, Charlotte TV station WCNC reported.

Other passengers also noticed the stowaways and some were even physically sick, according to the lawsuit.

Their lawsuit claims that, after pointing the cockroaches out to airline crew, one flight attendant responded by raising a finger to her lips as if to silence them.

The couple told WCNC they had to wash and even throw away some of their items of clothing, worried they may have become infected by the insects.

The lawsuit also alleges intentional infliction of nuisance, fraud, false imprisonment and unfair and deceptive trade practices.

AirTran said it could not comment on pending litigation, but denied several of the allegations.

The airline told the Daily Mail that cleanliness was important and its planes were regularly and professionally treated for bugs.

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