The same day a passenger was infamously dragged off a United Airlines plane in Chicago, a man on its flight from
Houston to Calgary, Canada, was allegedly stung by a scorpion.
The venomous creature fell from an overhead bin and landed on Richard Bell’s hair as he was eating lunch Sunday in his business class seat, according to his wife Linda.
“My husband felt something in his hair. He grabbed it out of his hair and it fell onto his dinner table. As he was grabbing it by the tail it stung him,” she told CNN.
She said her husband shooed the scorpion off his tray and it landed in the aisle, catching the attention of a nearby passenger who cried, “Oh my God, that’s a scorpion.”
It’s not clear how the scorpion got on the plane. The airplane had flown to Houston earlier in the day from Costa Rica, according to Flight Aware, a flight-tracking platform.
The Bells were returning home from a vacation.