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American Airlines Grounds Plane After Scorpion Hitches a Ride

More than 100 passengers were detained Sunday at Sacramento International Airport when a scorpion was spotted on board an aircraft.

The Los Angeles Times reports that American flight 125 to Chicago was cancelled when someone spotted the venomous creature before boarding.

Leslie Scott, the airline’s spokeswoman, said, “Our first priority is always the safety or our customers and crew.”

The plane was flown to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where it will be fumigated.

Scott said the passengers were re-booked on alternate flights.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a sting from a scorpion is rarely life-threatening among adults, but children are at risk for complications.

It is not clear what kind of scorpion was on the plane.


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