Attention, United Airlines passengers: Don’t forget to lather up with “Off.”
The scorpion was disposed of in the toilet. And other than suffering what “felt like a wasp sting,” the man was okay.
“Medical personnel met the aircraft after it arrived in Calgary,” United spokesman Charles Hobart told CNBC.
“Talk about snakebit,” said Andrew Gilman, a crisis management expert. “The next time United does its emergency protocols, they will be dropping insect repellant along with the mask.”
The airline has been in damage control mode all week as it attempts to tamp down widespread criticism from a deeply troubling video of a paying passenger being forcibly removed by law enforcement officers from his seat to make room for airline personnel on an overbooked flight from Chicago to Louisville. That incident also occurred on Sunday.
United chief executive Oscar Munoz has repeatedly apologized to the passenger, who is a physician, and the airline has said it will reimburse all of the passengers on that flight.