POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 4:53pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 1, 2011 - 1:04am
PORTLAND, OREGON-- Forget about the snakes, now there are scorpions on a plane.
Jeff Ellis, of West Linn, Oregon, was stung by a scorpion on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage, two weeks ago.
Ellis was attempting to sleep during the flight when he felt a sting on his elbow. Ellis and his girlfriend, who was traveling with him, took a quick snapshot of the little bugger and saved it in a bag.
Ellis suspects the scorpion somehow crawled on the plane earlier in the day when the flight originated in Austin.
Ellis wasn't seriously injured, and said the sting felt like a bee sting. But he sure won't forget this incident.
"I'm glad I didn't let it get away because then it would have caused a total panic onboard," said Ellis. "'Scorpions on a plane.' Yeah, news at 11. I reached up and looked and said 'oh my God it's a scorpion,' and grabbed the paper napkin off the tray table and grabbed it and tried to get my girlfriend's attention saying 'hey I just caught a scorpion and I think it stung me.'"
Alaska Airlines gave him bonus frequent flier miles and two free tickets, said Ellis, and he said they also did a great job reacting to the situation.
Ellis said that the next time he boarded a plane, he'll take a closer look at what's around him.