United flight delayed after scorpion reported aboard

A Delta pilot grapples with a passenger on the ground who was fighting another passenger at the Atlanta airport

A Delta pilot grapples with a passenger on the ground who was fighting another passenger at the Atlanta airport

In the second of two scorpion-based incidents on United flights, a passenger was crawled on by one of these critters on a flight from Houston to Ecuador.

Passenger Daniel Dueñas tweeted, "The captain of my flight just told us it's a scorpion on the plane???!"

That's when takeoff was delayed.

United Flight 1035 was scheduled to fly from Houston to Quito, Ecuador, when it was delayed, KHOU-TV reported.

The passenger, Richard Bell, was stung when he picked the creature up after it landed on his plate.

Passengers check in on a United flight.

A scorpion found its way onto a United Airlines plane in Texas, crawling out of a passenger's clothing and setting off a flight-delaying search through the cabin.

On a different plane, thankfully. The statement added that, "as a precaution, a new aircraft was arranged".

It's not clear how the scorpion got on the plane.

The man's wife says flight attendants flushed that scorpion down an airplane toilet. The scorpion, though, was apparently never found, and three-and-a-half hours later, the flight departed.

That scorpion sighting occurred on the same day Dr. David Dao was dragged off a flight at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, sparking international outrage. Previously, a Canadian man was stung by a stowaway scorpion after it fell into his hair from an overhead bin.

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