A Scorpion Stung a United Airlines Passenger on a Flight

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Paramedics tended to the victim, who was stung multiple times, upon the plane's landing.

A woman on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Atlanta said she was stung by a scorpion in the middle of the flight.

The woman was stung after the scorpion crawled up her pant leg, TMZ reported.

The woman said the scorpion fell off the leg of the trousers and "ran down the floor" of the plane, but the hostesses could finally catch it.

The incident happened late Thursday night aboard a United Airlines Boeing 737-800.


Fortunately, while scorpion stings can be painful, most aren't toxic enough to be fatal, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Perhaps the stung passenger can take comfort from knowing it is far from an isolated incident.

Somewhat surprisingly the Bay Area around San Francisco has a large number of Pacific Forest scorpions that grow to be two inches in length and live for around ten years. While it will not kill you, it is unpleasant none the less. The statement added that the customer was taken to a local hospital and further said that they are being in touch with the customer to ensure her well-being.

Responding to the claim United Airlines confirmed that a passenger had been stung on the 1554 flight to Atlanta, saying: "our crew responded immediately and consulted with a MedLink physician on the ground who provided medical guidance".

A month later, a different flight was evacuated in Houston after a passenger spotted a scorpion crawling out of another passenger's sleeve.

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