Oregon Resident Jeff Ellis Tickled, Stung by Scorpion on Seattle Flight

Jeff Ellis provided an image of the scorpion to Portland station KPTV.

That's what Oregon resident Jeff Ellis could have said after he was stung by a scorpion on a June 17 Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage.

Instead, he was pretty relaxed about the whole ordeal, telling Portland station KPTV he's happy with the way everything ended up (after the airline gave him 4,000 frequent-flyer miles and two round-trip tickets to a destination of his choosing).

Ellis was trying to nap when he felt a tickle on his arm. "Then I felt it crawling on me again," he said. "I picked my hand up and said, oh my God, that's a scorpion."

He grabbed the critter in a napkin and showed it to his girlfriend.

Two doctors on board examined him after his elbow started to sting. Thankfully, he was fine, suffering only minor pain.

Ellis was apparently stung by a relatively common striped bark scorpion, which is venomous, but rarely fatal for adults.

A sting from a striped bark scorpion might hurt for two or three days, said Pat Kaae, who with her husband, Richard, teaches a class on critters at California State Polytechnic University. "In places like Mexico, though, they get into houses and cribs," Kaee tells Seattle Weekly about the type of scorpion that stung Ellis. "Babies roll on them, and it could possibly kill them."

Bobbie Egan, an Alaska Airlines spokeswoman, tells Seattle Weekly that the airline has no records of any other scorpion finding its way onto the company's airplanes in the past 79 years. The plane originated in Austin, Texas, Egan said.

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