United Airlines is not having a good week.
Richard and Linda Bell were on a United Airlines flight home from Houston to Calgary on Sunday when a scorpion fell from an overhead bin and stung Richard.
United confirmed the incident to CNBC today. Airline spokesman Charles Hobart (gosh, I’d hate to be that guy this week) told the news outlet that the airline crew immediately consulted with a physician on the ground who provided guidance throughout the incident. The company said the man’s injuries were non-life threatening.
“Medical personnel met the aircraft after it arrived in Calgary,” Hobart said.
How the scorpion made its way onto the flight is not known, but it probably hitched a ride inside someone’s luggage. United Airlines is investigating the incident.
Sure, this kind of incident could happen on any airline (and this is not the first time it has happened on a flight), but it doesn’t seem like the public, still upset about United’s treatment of Dr. David Dao, is going to go easy on the company…
— El B (@mrsdemples) April 13, 2017
“And as the passenger asked ‘Why?’, the scorpion replied: ‘You knew this was a United flight when you boarded.’” https://t.co/LqnPDLrEXe
— Nate E-K (@NEwertKrocker) April 13, 2017
— Rob (@RobCabrera) April 13, 2017
— Shunster (@kpeetee) April 13, 2017
@TravelLeisure I would not fly with an airline that’s clearly operating under a curse. Maybe after an exorcism on the whole airline…maybe.
— p-salz (@patliny) April 13, 2017
@TravelLeisure It’s United’s newest method for encouraging passengers to vacate seats when they overbook.
— Suburban Pub Crawler (@Sub_Pub_Crawler) April 13, 2017
— SpockYoda (@DarthTargaryen1) April 13, 2017
— ⚠️Warning: Not Kimmy (@EasyBakedOven) April 13, 2017
@TravelLeisure United is so busy ejecting paying customers it’s missing the scorpions in the overhead…
— Bob Toomey (@bob_toomey) April 13, 2017
@TravelLeisure This is just sound business practice! Scorpions are way cheaper than hotel vouchers and overbooking payouts. The hospital covers everything!
— GenerationReduX (@GenerationReduX) April 13, 2017
— Jeffrey Morgan (@digdawg) April 13, 2017
— Matt Tex Eckerle (@MattTexEckerle) April 13, 2017
@TravelLeisure Legally, United reserves the right to drop live scorpions on your face. Should have read the fine print.
— WJ Bentley (@youdictategood) April 13, 2017
— BonnieRaeChalfin (@bchalfin825) April 13, 2017
— wordlass (@wordlass1) April 13, 2017
@TravelLeisure is united just hell? like the devil decided to buy an airline? this is too comical
— Moomoof (@moomoof) April 13, 2017
@TravelLeisure United: “We’ve decided scorpions are the more cost effective option for removing passengers from flights.”
— Joe Resistance (@INFINITEAB1LITY) April 13, 2017
@TravelLeisure It’s probably their improved disembarkment procedure. Classic, paralyse your customer first before dragging him of!
— Bob Russell (@AGTCnews) April 13, 2017
@TIME United: Who wants to give up their seat on the plane.
*No one responds*
United: There is a scorpion loose on the plane. How bout naw?
— Thomas Biernat (@thomasbiernat) April 13, 2017
— Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) April 13, 2017
Is it possible the CEO of United has been cursed by some kind of gypsy or warlock?… https://t.co/YnyGIQelCy
— Ken Webster Jr (@ProducerKen) April 13, 2017
Also in scorpion-related news: a few days ago, a couple in Maryland found one of the stinging critters crawling around in a bag of spinach they purchased at a grocery store.
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