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Former Delta Flight Attendant Sues AATC After Being Doused in Sewage

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | May 06, 2015

Former Delta Flight Attendant Sues AATC After Being Doused in Sewage

A former Delta Air Lines flight attendant has filed a lawsuit against the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation (AATC) citing damages in the wake of a traumatic incident at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport nearly three years ago.

According to David Markiewicz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tina Brock was resting in a sleep room inside a layover lounge at the airport in August 2012 when a pipe in the ceiling burst, releasing raw sewage onto her and fellow flight attendants.

Markiewicz detailed the harrowing experience:

"When the ceiling gave way and the waste began to pour down, Brock and her fellow flight attendants couldn't get out of the sleep room, even as the sewage began to build up on the floor to a depth of about a foot, the suit says: the area of the leak was between them and the only door out. So, they hid in a closet where Brock began to gag and vomit uncontrollably from the stench."

The suit states that AATC is responsible for maintenance of the area in question under Concourse A and therefore should be held accountable. It also points out that, prior to the incident, a large bucket sat under an exposed pipe in the ceiling, presumably to catch any leaks.

In addition to suffering from anxiety requiring medical attention and counseling, the suit notes that Brock has been diagnosed with PTSD in the aftermath of the ordeal.

"The incident speaks for itself," said her attorney Eric Register via Markiewicz. "Her doctor has indicated it’s the most serious case [of PTSD] she’s treated."

According to the suit, Brock spent nearly two decades as a flight attendant with Delta but had to step away just recently because of the panic triggered by crowded spaces in airports and aboard aircraft. 

Brock remains an employee of the Atlanta-based airline. 

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