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Passenger Stung By Scorpion On IB Flight  
User currently offlineGonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 1987 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

Sorry, link in Spanish only.

A female passenger on board flight IB 6316, an A340 doing the the flight from San José ( Costa Rica ) to Madrid, was stung by a scorpion during the flight. The aircraft was sealed upon arrival and disinfected. The passenger was fine after the medical attention provided in a Hospital of Madrid... but this will be probably the most painful and unpleasant flight of her life.... Certainly not a good experience !!!

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1530444-u...un-vuelo-entre-costa-rica-y-madrid

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User currently offlineMGASJO From Nicaragua, joined Feb 2005, 464 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

Was IB fined for smuggling endangered protected tropical species??
 



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User currently offlineFCAFLYBOY From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 595 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2964 times:

Interesting. I guess someone bought a little present from the rainforest
onboard with them!

How far into the flight was she stung? Supposed to hurt like hell!


User currently offlineatcsundevil From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 1204 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

This happens occasionally on flights from PHX. Scorpions will crawl into somebody's bag because they like hiding in dark places during the day. Pax will go to find something in their bag and get more than they bargained for. The most recent one I can recall was a WN flight from PHX to IND or something about two years ago, but I know there have been several other cases. They aren't a big deal unless you're allergic to them, but it'll still hurt like a Mike Foxtrot.

I suppose someone could try to smuggle it on board, but I can think of a few dozen other ways I'd rather choose to suffer on a transatlantic flight.


User currently offlineFuling From Australia, joined Apr 2011, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

Quoting atcsundevil (Reply 3):
They aren't a big deal unless you're allergic to them

It'd be a big deal if one didn't know they were allergic. So this brings up a question, should Cabin Crew be taught basic first aid for bites and stings like this?


User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3787 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2672 times:
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Quoting atcsundevil (Reply 3):
I can think of a few dozen other ways I'd rather choose to suffer on a transatlantic flight.

Right. I'd rather fly on a worn out 757 TATL in Y Class, be delayed, be diverted somewhere, arrive hours behind schedule, instead of a nice and clean modern comfy A340 in F Class, arrive on time and be stung by a scorpion.

Good to know the lady is fine. I hope she will recover from her emotions.

Ben Soriano



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6203 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2657 times:
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This is just so no news worthy. It happens often, and in every part of the world. I´ve seen so many kinds of different vermin on my flights that I think airliners are sort of a local fauna showcase. As long as they don´t become infested, I don´t see the big deal.


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User currently offlineatcsundevil From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 1204 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

Quoting Fuling (Reply 4):
It'd be a big deal if one didn't know they were allergic. So this brings up a question, should Cabin Crew be taught basic first aid for bites and stings like this?

As far as I know, they usually go through basic CPR/AED/First Aid training. First Aid training does encompass insect bites and stings (albeit briefly), and I would imagine they have some extra training when it comes to allergic reactions (e.g. peanuts). For people who are allergic to scorpion stings, Benadryl usually works. If it doesn't, I would think that most first aid kits on board aircraft would contain an Epinephrine autoinjector. If they aren't allergic, several shots of vodka will do.

Quoting American 767 (Reply 5):
Right. I'd rather fly on a worn out 757 TATL in Y Class, be delayed, be diverted somewhere, arrive hours behind schedule, instead of a nice and clean modern comfy A340 in F Class, arrive on time and be stung by a scorpion.

Except running out of liquor. I'd take the scorpion sting rather than be out of booze on a transatlantic flight.


User currently offlinesanti319 From Mexico, joined Dec 2005, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

It happened recently in NK too, from SAL to FLL. I guess scorpions in Central America want out lol.

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