01 Jul '11, 2am

US man, 55, stung by scorpion on commercial flight to Alaska

US man, 55, stung by scorpion on commercial flight to Alaska

Jeff Ellis of West Linn, shows the cell phone image of the scorpion which stung him while he was trying to sleep on a red-eye Alaska Airlines flight on June 17. -- PHOTO: AP PORTLAND - ALL Jeff Ellis could do was wait as he sat terrified 9,000m in the air staring at the wriggling scorpion that stung him on a flight to Alaska. He repeated to himself that a doctor said he'd be fine - probably. Mr Ellis, 55, first had to wait 30 minutes to see whether he succumbed to anaphylactic shock. ' Alaska Airlines spokesman Bobbie Egan said the scorpion probably crawled on board the plane during a stop in Austin, Texas. The plane then landed in Seattle, where Mr Ellis boarded for a flight to Anchorage. About three hours into the flight, Mr Ellis dozed off. Then, he felt something tickling his arm. He grabbed it with his napkin and his girlfriend, Suzanne Foster, called a flight attenda...

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