Jeff Ellis, Alaska Airlines Passenger, Stung By Scorpion Mid-Flight

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An Alaska Airlines passenger got the surprise of a lifetime when he was stung by a scorpion on a flight from Seattle to Anchorage.

Jeff Ellis was flying on a red-eye flight on June 17th from Seattle when he felt something on his sleeve. He tried to brush away the feeling, but when he looked down he saw a scorpion, he told KPTV.

"I picked my hand up and said, `Oh, my God. That's a scorpion,'" Ellis told the Oregon station.

He grabbed the scorpion with a napkin and showed it to his girlfriend, Suzanne Foster, who didn't believe him. Then, she says, "I saw it. He held the napkin up for me to see, and I saw the tail wiggling. I pretty much jumped out of my seat."

Ellis was then stung by the scorpion on his elbow. Ellis' girlfriend called for a flight attendant who had two doctors check him out mid-air. Medics met the plane when it landed in Anchorage.

Foster told the station she kept her feet on her seat for the rest of the flight.

Ellis said, "Never in a million years, would I have thought a scorpion would have been on an Alaska Airlines flight headed to Alaska."

Authorities believe the scorpion got on the plane in Austin, where the flight originated.


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