On Saturday night, a woman on a flight from Los Angeles to Portland had a battle with a scorpion–and won.
As Alaska Airlines Flight 567 taxied down the runway, the scorpion stung the woman on her hand. ESPN reported that fight attendants killed it, then immediately checked overhead compartments to see if there were any other intruders. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the woman stomped the scorpion to death herself.
The woman was checked by medics after the plane turned around and returned to the gate. Although she said she did not need medical treatment, she would not return to the plane. Alaska airlines spokesman Cole Cosgrove surmised that the scorpion may have embedded itself during a flight from Los Cabos, Mexico, where the aircraft had begun its journey
Oregon State men’s basketball coach Coach Wayne Tinkle, who was flying with the team on the flight, was sitting two rows behind the woman. He told ESPN, “The woman was a real champ. She acted like it was a mosquito bite. They got it off her, but the needle was stuck.”
Oregon State was returning from Los Angeles, where they were stung by USC 68-55 on Saturday night.