It had already been a bad week for United Airlines - the company is reeling after security dragged a doctor off an overbooked flight.
Now, things have taken another unexpected turn with a passenger on another United Airline flight being allegedly stung by a scorpion.
The scorpion reportedly fell from an overhead bin and landed on the head of Richard Bell as he ate lunch. After he grabbed it out of his hair, it stung him.
His wife Linda told CNN:
My husband felt something in his hair. He grabbed it out of his hair and it fell onto his dinner table. As he was grabbing it by the tail it stung him
The plane had flown from Costa Rica to Houston that day, according to a flight-tracking programme, but it’s unclear where the scorpion came from.
Flight attendants quickly flushed the scorpion down the toilet, and consulted a doctor on the ground to give medical advice.
Unites said in a statement:
Our flight attendants helped a customer who was stung by what appeared to be a scorpion on a flight last week. Our crew immediately consulted with a MedLink physician on the ground who provided guidance throughout the incident and assured our crew that it was not a life-threatening matter.
Someone spotted this irony:
Others used it as another chance to give the airline a hard time, because, well - why not?
United said they are very sorry about today's scorpion attack and said we only use scorpions in extreme situations ...