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I’ve been on flights before where rogue flies boarded along with us, and I wondered just what those flies would think when they arrived halfway across the country in a completely different climate. At least those flies were harmless in comparison to the stowaway on an Alaska Airlines flight this weekend.
The flight from Los Angeles to Portland was delayed when a woman was stung by a scorpion just before take-off. It is suspected that the scorpion had boarded the plane at its previous stop in Los Cabos, Mexico.
The woman was fine, and according to media reports, handled it well. Part of the reason why the incident has made the news is because the flight was also transporting the Oregon State Beavers men’s basketball team, the University of Portland women’s basketball team, & members of the media.
Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle told ESPN, “The plane was coming from Mexico before us, and [the scorpion] was on the plane. The woman was a real champ. She acted like it was a mosquito bite. They got it off her but the needle was stuck.”
Tyson Alger of the Oregonian live-tweeted the incident.
Some elements of travel etiquette shouldn’t need to be stated, but apparently this one does. Readers, if you’re ever on a plane and a scorpion lands on you, don’t flick it on to one of your fellow passengers!