China Daily

Focus> Quirky> Content
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 17:45
United flight delayed after scorpion reported aboard
By Associated Press
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 17:45 By Associated Press

FILE - In this July 25, 2013, file photo, a United Airlines plane takes off from Newark Liberty International Airport, in Newark, N.J.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

HOUSTON — A United flight from Houston to Ecuador was delayed after a scorpion was spotted aboard.

United tells KHOU-TV that Flight 1035 returned to the gate Thursday night after a scorpion "reportedly emerged from a customer's clothing." Paramedics examined the man and determined that he hadn't been stung. The station says it's unclear whether a scorpion was found.

United says it found a new aircraft for the flight and all passengers were given a meal voucher for the inconvenience.

The flight eventually got underway 3½ hours late.

KHOU-TV says another man was stung by a scorpion on a United flight from Houston to Calgary, Alberta, last month.

United has been under fire since a passenger was violently dragged off an overbooked flight by aviation police in Chicago on April 9.

Share this story