Luckily, no one was stung.
Aboard United Flight 1035, from Houston to Quito, on Thursday night a scorpion was reported crawling out of a passenger's suitcase.
“Houston to Quito Flight 1035 returned to the gate after a scorpion reportedly emerged from a customer’s clothing,” the airline said in a statement, according to USA Today. “Paramedics at the gate immediately examined the customer and determined that he had not been stung.”
“The customer declined further medical treatment and, as a precaution, a new aircraft was arranged,” United continued. “We provided all passengers with a meal voucher due to the delay and the flight, with the customer aboard, has departed for Quito.”
So one was stung, and although the flight was delayed, it eventually took off and arrived about three hours late. All in all, not so bad.
But this is United.
And one month ago to the day, another scorpion fell from an overhead bin and stung a passenger. And then there was the dead bunny. And of course there was the incident that incited outrage not only from fellow travelers but even Congress: The forcible removal of passenger Dr. David Dao from a flight for not giving up his seat to an airline employee.
In other words, United is probably more annoyed by this scorpion than it would typically be with an arachnid.