NYDailyNews A Canadian couple returning from their vacation got quite the scare when they encountered a scorpion on board a United Airlines flight from Houston to Calgary on Sunday. Linda Bell told CNN a scorpion fell from an overhead bin and into her husband Richard Bell’s hair while he was eating lunch in his business class passenger seat. “My husband felt something in his hair. He grabbed it out of his hair, and it fell onto his dinner table,” she told the network. “As he was grabbing it by the tail it stung him.” Richard Bell told Global News it “felt like a wasp sting.” A passenger on the plane had stomped on the honey colored scorpion before the airline crew threw it in the toilet, according to the Canadian TV station. It was not immediately clear how the scorpion got on the plane. The airplane had flown to Houston from Costa Rica earlier in the day, CNN reported. A United Airlines spokesman told the Daily News Thursday the airline crew consulted with a physician who guided them throughout the incident and assured that the passenger had no life-threatening injuries. Paramedics boarded the plane once it landed in Calgary, the spokesman said. Calgary EMS spokesman Adam Loria told Global News Richard Bell showed “no signs of distress” and declined medical treatment. Linda Bell told CNN the airlines reached out to Richard Bell to apologize and offered compensation. She did not elaborate what the compensation entailed. The incident happened on the same day aviation officers forcefully dragged Kentucky doctor David Dao down the aisle after refusing to give up his seat aboard a United Airlines flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
United Airlines is having a tough week. First a video went viral of United dragging doctor David Dao off of an overbooked flight when he refused to give up his seat, as he squeeled like a pig, after which photos surfaced of him beaten and bloody. On the same day, a scorpion fell out of an overhead bin on a United flight between Houston and Calgary, and stung a Canadian passenger. The plane flew in from Costa Rica earlier in the day, but luckily the scorpion was deemed to be harmless, and the man was not seriously hurt. If I had to guess, the scorpion likely crawled into somebody’s luggage in Costa Rica, and then crawled out in the overhead bin during the flight before falling onto the Canadian man and defending itself with its stinger. Has anyone ever needed a huge news story to break that everyone will become obsessed with more than United does right now? I’m sure the head of United Airlines is sitting in his office right now thinking “Come on Trump! Say something totally offensive! I need everyone to be so offended that they forget about United!” or refreshing his Twitter feed saying “please let there be a shocking celebrity death!” United needs this holiday weekend, so everyone forgets the incidents of this past week, and hopes that everyone goes back to complaining about the TSA on Monday. They are used to that.