A United Airlines passenger was stung by a creature believed to be a scorpion on a flight from Houston to Calgary Wednesday.
According to the Washington Post, a passenger by the name of Richard Bell opened the overhead cabin during the flight, and a scorpion fell out and landed on his hair. He shook it off and the creature landed on a tray table. When Bell picked it up, he said it stung him.
According to CNBC, Bell said the injury “felt like a WASP sting.”
Bell was treated by medical personnel when the plane landed in Calgary, and the scorpion was disposed of in the aircraft toilet shortly after the incident.
According to the Washington Post, a couple traveling from Mexico had brought the scorpion on the plane. It is unclear if this was done intentionally or accidentally, or how the poisonous arachnid made it past airport security.
It has not been a good week for the airline.
On Sunday, a seated passenger resisted the airline’s insistence that he leave the overbooked flight Chicago to Louisville in order to accommodate United Airlines staff. Police boarded the plane, and forcibly removed the passenger from his seat and dragged him down the aisle as horrified passengers recorded cell phone videos.
The passenger, Dr. David Dao, has hired an attorney and reportedly intends to sue the airline for damages. As Crime Online previously reported, his attorney says the doctor suffered a broken nose and lost teeth as he was being manhandled.