Man Stung By Scorpion On United Airlines Flight

The bug was ultimately flushed down a toilet.

By Eric Shorey

United Airlines has been having a tough week following the fallout of a massively mismanaged incident involving the forcible removal of a customer. To add on to that trouble, The Washington Post now reports that on a different flight, a scorpion fell from an overhead bin and stung a customer.

A couple returning from a vacation in Mexico had apparently brought on the arachnid by mistake. The creature fell from the flight's storage and onto a passenger's head. "So I dropped it on my plate and then I went to pick it up again, and that's when it stung me. It got my nail, mostly," said the passenger.

Eventually, the scorpion was flushed down the toilet.

The passenger who was stung suffered minory injury and said the pain "felt like a wasp sting." United crew communicated with a physician on the ground who walked them through treatment, according to CNBC.

“Medical personnel met the aircraft after it arrived in Calgary,” United spokesman Charles Hobart told CNBC. The passenger was taken to a hospital following the flight but there was no need for further medical attention. He does not plan on suing United, but United plans on reiumbursing the passenger with a free flight.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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