It's the third airplane sting in three months.As if flying weren’t stressful enough, between the long check-in lines, security, and the inevitable crying baby sitting next to you, now passengers apparently need to worry about scorpions on planes as well.
As NBC reported, on Monday evening a passenger onboard an AeroMexico flight from Mexico City to Chicago O'Hare International Airport was sickened after he was stung by a scorpion that managed to find its way onto the aircraft.
According to Chicago fire officials, the 32-year-old man was stung by a scorpion in the right elbow, but refused treatment and was not transported by ambulance from the scene.
“There was a call for a medical personnel because there was an emergency on board,” passenger Monica Amborn told NBC. “We didn’t really know what it was."
For its part, AeroMexico simply said in a statement that the male passenger was seen by paramedics upon arrival and showed no adverse reaction to the sting. It added, “Aeromexico is committed with its passengers and crew safety as it is our top priority in every operation.”
While this may seem like an incredibly frightening fluke incident, it’s actually not the first time a passenger has been stung by a scorpion while flying.
In early May, a scorpion was also discovered on a United Airlines flight from Houston to Ecuador. Paramedics were called to the scene to evaluate the passenger, who said he saw the tiny creature, according to the Associated Press. The passenger was cleared and the flight took off three hours after it was scheduled to depart.
And in April, another United passenger claims a scorpion fell from the overhead bin onto his head during a trip from Houston to Calgary. Richard Bell, the passenger, explained to CBC: “While I was eating, something fell in my hair from the overhead above me. I picked it up, and it was a scorpion."
When he picked the scorpion up, it stung him. Bell told Global News Canada that it “felt like a wasp sting.”
So yeah, maybe that aforementioned crying baby isn’t so bad after all.