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

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.


WATCH local coverage below:
Read Full Story

Sign up for the Travel Report by AOL newsletter to get exclusive deals and wanderlust inspiration delivered straight to your inbox every day.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.