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Andrea Romano
Updated March 14, 2019

Meet your new travel nightmare.

On Feb. 26, a woman on an Air Transat flight from Toronto to Calgary says she was stung by a scorpion while in flight, according to the CBC.

Forget snakes on a plane, scorpions are honestly just as bad.

Quin Maltais, a student in Alberta, told the CBC that she was in the last hour of the four-hour flight when she felt a “fluttering motion" on her lower back. Thinking it was just an overrunning air conditioner, she ignored it.

But, as the lights turned off for the final descent, she felt a piercing pain in her back, as if something had stung her. Spoiler alert: something had indeed stung her.

According to the CBC, she scrambled to see what the pain was from, removing her sweater and looking behind her on the seat. And there, she saw it: a four-inch scorpion.

“There was a scorpion in my sweater. It was on my back for the past 30 minutes,” Maltais told the CBC.

Maltais said that the flight attendant tried to blame the incident on a gum wrapper that was found under Maltais’ seat. The flight attendant finally saw the creature when they went to check again.

While this truly horrific experience can be quite traumatizing, it’s sadly, not entirely uncommon. A man on another flight from Houston to Calgary back in April 2017 also suffered a scorpion sting before the little creature was stomped to death and flushed down the plane toilet.

A scorpion was also spotted on an American Airlines flight back in September 2017, which prompted the flight to be canceled as a precaution.

Maltais was taken off the plane by paramedics who determined she didn’t sustain any injuries from the sting. However, Maltais said to the CBC, “I had a full-fledged panic attack...Paramedics had to kind of keep me strapped to a heart monitor for a while cause I was just unable to calm down.”

An Air Transat spokesperson said in a statement to the CBC that this sort of incident is rare but occasionally happens on flights. The scorpion was removed from the plane and given to airport authorities. It’s unclear how it got onto the plane.

According to People, scorpions, while all venomous, are not all poisonous to humans. Some scorpion stings can be life-threatening and should be checked out by a medical professional immediately.

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