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Woman Bit By Scorpion on Alaska Airlines Flight Is Chill as Hell

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A scorpion stung a woman on an Alaska Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Portland on Saturday as the plane was taxiing down the runway.


The plane was also carrying the Oregon State University men's basketball team; head coach Wayne Tinkle told ESPN: "The woman was a real champ. She acted like it was a mosquito bite. They got it off her but the needle was stuck."

It's been confirmed by Alaska Airlines that a flight attendant killed the scorpion, but at first reports were conflicting—according to CBS News, the victim herself "stomped the scorpion to death." That would have been cool. Either way, though, it seems she was extremely even-keeled about the whole thing, even declining further medical treatment back at the gate.


Passengers were told that the scorpion "hitched a ride" in the carry-on bag of a passenger who was coming from Mexico. And I will never fly again.

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True story: I was a camp counselor when I was 17 and in charge of six 8 year old girls for the summer. We were all about to go to sleep when one girl pulled back the covers to her cot to find a scorpion in the "ready" position. I wanted to scream and run but could not, as somehow the camp put me in charge of these children. Not knowing what to do, I got all of us out of the dwelling and flagged down another counselor who agreed to go and get help. About 10 minutes later the living embodiment of every bad ass Western movie star sauntered up. He was dressed in head to toe black leather, wore a cowboy hat with an animal tooth on it and had spurs on the back of his boots. He introduced himself as "Dallas", while tipping his hat. He went in to the tent, grabbed the scorpion bare handed, came outside and gave us all a lesson about the creature, put it in to a small container and moseyed away. Every one of us just stood there jaw agape. I'm pretty sure Curly from City Slickers was based off of Dallas.