The same airline that violently dragged a passenger off on an overbooked flight is now facing another issue.
The same day a passenger was dragged off an Overbooked Flight United plane in Chicago, a man on a flight from Houston to Calgary was allegedly stung by a scorpion.
According to his wife Linda Bell, the scorpion fell from an overhead bin and landed on Richard Bell’s hair as he was eating lunch Sunday in his business class seat.
“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,” Linda said.
She said her husband shooed the scorpion off his tray and it landed in the aisle, catching the attention of a nearby passenger who yelled, “Oh my god, that’s a scorpion.”
The Bells were returning home from a vacation.
FlightAware, a flight tracking platform provided a statement that it is not clear how the scorpion got on the plane. The airplane had flown to Houston earlier in the day from Costa Rica.
Linda Bell said flight attendants quickly caged the scorpion and flushed it down an airplane toilet.
“Our flight attendants helped a customer who was stung by what appeared to be a scorpion on a flight last week,” United released a statement. “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.”
United Airlines said medical personnel met the aircraft when it arrived in Calgary.
According to Linda Bell, another passenger gave her husband a Benadryl pill in case he had an allergic reaction to the sting.
Linda Bell said United reached out to her husband Wednesday to apologize and to offer compensation for the incident. She would not elaborate on the terms of that compensation.