This is not United’s week.
First, a passenger was viciously dragged off of a flight, suffering a concussion, broken bones and lost teeth. And now, on Thursday, United confirmed that what was likely a scorpion (yeah, a scorpion) fell from an overhead bin, landed on, and then stung one of its passengers on a flight from Houston to Calgary, Canada. Sadly, this is not the plotline for a movie starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Passenger Richard Bell described the pain as feeling like “a wasp sting,” and the scorpion was quickly flushed down a plane toilet. Scorpion bites can be fatal, but Bell was luckily fine. United spokesman Charles Hobart told CNBC that the airline’s flight crew immediately spoke with a physician on the ground in Calgary to guide them through the fiasco.