An Alaska Airlines flight out of Los Angeles International Airport was delayed Saturday night after a passenger said they were stung by a scorpion on the plane, airline officials said.
Flight 567, which was carrying two college basketball teams, was preparing to depart at 7:50 p.m. for Portland, Ore., when the sting was reported, Alaska Airlines spokesman Cole Cosgrove said.
The female passenger was checked out by medics at the gate and released, but didn’t continue on the flight, Cosgrove said.
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The scorpion was found and killed by the crew, who checked overhead compartments for any additional unwanted arachnids, Cosgrove said.
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It was unclear how the scorpion got on the plane. The flight originated from Los Cabos, Mexico, Cosgrove said.
Both Oregon State University Men's and The University of Portland's Women's Basketball teams were aboard the flight to go home after weekend games in Los Angeles, according to Oregon State University radio play-by-play announcer Mike Parker.
The flight was delayed by 40 minutes.
Olivia Woo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.