Scorpion falls from overhead bin, stings man on United flight out of Houston

Generic scorpion (AP Photo)
Generic scorpion (AP Photo)

CALGARY, Canada (KRON) — United Airlines just can’t catch a break.

The same week a passenger was dragged off of a flight, a scorpion fell out of an overhead bin and landed on a passenger.

Richard Bell was flying with his wife from Houston to Calgary after a two-week vacation in Mexico, Bell told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The Calgary man said the creature landed on his head and stung him while he was enjoying his lunch in business class.

“My neighbor was a gentleman from Mexico, and he said ‘that’s a scorpion — they’re dangerous’ so I dropped it on my tray and went to grab it again, Bell said. “And that’s when I got stung. It stung me on the thumb right next to my nail.”

Bell flicked the scorpion onto the floor, where a flight attendant covered it with a cup, smashed it with a shoe and flushed it down a toilet.

When the flight landed, Bell was taken to the hospital and told he would be fine.

United Airlines gave the couple flying credit as compensation for what happened on the flight, according to Bell’s wife. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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