Scorpion Stings Flier on Alaska Air

Jeff Ellis survives encounter with creepy creature
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2011 4:03 AM CDT
Scorpion Stings Flier on Alaska Air
Ouch.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

An Oregon man flying to Alaska got a nasty sting on his arm during lunch, and was shocked to find a scorpion crawling on his skin. "In the movies, scorpions kill people," said Jeff Ellis, 55. "I was nervous, on edge, making sure that my heart was beating normal." Emergency responders were told to prepare for Ellis the minute he landed in Anchorage. But Alaska paramedics, who have no experience with scorpions, had no idea how to prepare. "They had to Google it," said Ellis. Scorpion stings aren't often deadly, but can trigger a lethal allergic shock, notes AP. The scorpion likely climbed aboard during a landing in Texas. Ellis survived with no ill effects. The scorpion was squished. The airline gave Ellis 4,000 free miles and a round-trip ticket. (Read more airline stories.)

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