United Airlines is having the worst week possible. Oh well.
Following the backlash of a man being forcibly removed from a flight, a man on United Airlines flight 1418 from Houston to Calgary was stung by a scorpion after it fell on his head. Yes, a scorpion FELL ON HIS HEAD.
According to Global News, Calgary residents Richard and Linda Bell were returning from vacation in Mexico last week when the scorpion fell from an overhead bin into Richard’s hair.
Richard then flung the scorpion onto his plate, and picked it up. That’s when it stung him.
“It felt like a wasp sting,” Richard told Global News. Linda described it as looking like “a little lobster.”
While one passenger pointed out that it was a scorpion and likely dangerous, another passenger stomped the creature, and it was disposed of in the airplane’s toilet. A true travel hero.
Unfortunately, everyone wanted to see the scorpion once they landed, so maybe tossing it in the toilet wasn’t such a great idea.
When the plane landed in Calgary, emergency personnel boarded the plane to provide medical attention, though EMS spokesperson Adam Loria said that Richard declined medical treatment and showed “no signs of distress.”
It’s unclear how the scorpion ended up inside the plane, but it’s likely that it snuck into someone’s luggage, and escaped to terrify the plane.
A spokesperson for United Airlines provided the following statement to Mashable.
Our flight attendants helped a customer who was stung by what appeared to be a scorpion on a flight last week. Our crew immediately consulted with a MedLink physician on the ground who provided guidance throughout the incident and assured our crew that it was not a life-threatening matter. Medical personnel met the aircraft after it arrived in Calgary. We reached out to the customer to apologize and discuss the matter.