Apparently a passenger who was on bord IB6310 from SJO to MAD got a scorpion, just as the plane was on approach to MAD. A doctor aboard the aircraft immediately treated the passenger when he complained about a pain in his stomach. The passenger was later received by a medical team and is said to be doing fine and has returned home after a short treatment. Nobody knows how the animal got on board the aircraft, but after a search, it was found dead by a passenger.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2664 times:
Animals and little critters are not at all uncommon at airports. Where I work mice are seen in the terminal regularly, there is a small bird's nest in the hangar, there is a cat that lives in the 737 tent, and about every 1-3 weeks you can spot a coyote or fox running around on airside.
After a few months working at the airport, I'm actually surprised one doesn't hear about small animals getting a free flight more often...
Mike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1467 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2426 times:
Quoting Unattendedbag (Reply 10): the thread starter didn't state in the original post whether or not the passenger was bitten or stung.
Quoting Unattendedbag (Reply 10): And every sting may not be fatal, but most of them can do some unpleasant damage to the victim.
Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 4): yes they are poisonous but very few species i understand can kill you.
Yeah I know with poisonous animals most won't necessarily kill a human but they can make you sick from their venom. Although there are a few more species of poisonous snakes that can be deadly I know that most of them wont kill you as well.
Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 4): Quoting UnattendedBag (Reply 2):
Many types of animals can inadvertantly get on board an aircraft. It just so happens this one was deadly
That was my point reply #2 mentioned the scorpion being deadly
Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6812 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2342 times:
My dad once stood on a scorpion in the south of France and it got him in the big toe. (He was wearing open toed sandals at the time.) Put him in bed for a couple of days feeling very rough with one very sore leg.
EWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5527 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 17): if someone was trying to bring a scorpion from Costa Rica to Spain, isn't that illegal? Wouldn't customs have possibly stopped that guy anyway?
It might have been a stowaway in a piece of luggage, shoe. Whatever. It might not have been purposely boarded, but inadvertantly onboard. Lots of possibilities. Especially from a country that has scorpions.