United Airlines has hit the headlines once again this week after a scorpion fell from an overhead locker on one of its flights and stung a Canadian passenger.
Richard Bell was flying with his wife Linda from Houston to Calgary on Sunday after a holiday in Mexico when the inch and a half honey-coloured creature landed on his head.
"I grabbed it, hanging on its tail. I think that's what saved me," he told Global News.
A Mexican man sitting next to the couple on the plane pointed it out was a scorpion and that it was dangerous, Mr Bell said.
"I dropped it on my plate, then I went to pick it up again and that's when it stung me."
It “felt like a wasp sting,” he added.
Mr Bell said he then flicked the creature on the floor and the Mexican man stamped on it with a shoe. The airline then threw it in the toilet.
Mrs Bell told the Canadian network: "I looked down and I thought, it kind of looks like a little lobster."
When the plane landed in Calgary, paramedics boarded the plane and found that Mr Bell showed “no signs of distress”.
United Airlines spokesman Charles Hobart told CNBC that the airline crew immediately consulted with a physician on the ground who provided guidance throughout the incident.
The company said the man's injuries were non-life threatening.
“The pilot announced it,” passenger John Rogers told Global News. “Because the passenger was bitten, emergency services, the fire department and police boarded the plane.”
Mr Bell, who flies 150,000 miles a year with United Airlines, said he was "a little astonished" that the airline had not contacted him directly about the incident.
United Airlines told Global News it was looking into the situation.
The news came after the airline sparked outrage earlier this week when a video surfaced of a passenger being dragged off an overbooked flight in Chicago.