EasyJet passengers stranded overnight after scorpion spotted on board

The plane had to be fumigated

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EasyJet passengers stranded after scorpion spotted on board

Scores of EasyJet passengers have been left stranded in Paris after their flight was delayed when a traveller spotted a scorpion onboard.

The Glasgow-bound flight had to be fumigated "as a precaution" after the animal was apparently seen 'running over seats' earlier today.

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The drama unfolded in Paris this afternoon when a passenger on the return flight from Glasgow told crew about the unwelcome stowaway.

EasyJet were left with little choice but to hold up the flight while they fumigated the aircraft in a bid to kill off the reported intruder.

Scores of passengers due to board the return flight to Glasgow were left stranded in the departure lounge at Charles de Gaulle.

The flight, which should have left for Scotland just after 2pm today, is now expected to take off tomorrow and passengers have been put up in hotels.

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Scores of passengers were stranded in Paris after their flight was delayed when a traveller spotted a scorpion (file pic)

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Travellers first learned about the drama from a cleaner, reports the Daily Record .

Jimmy Smith, 62, from Drumchapel, Glasgow , was about to board the flight when he had a run in with the unlucky cleaner.

He said: "We were about to board, and as we were at the bottom of the gate a cleaner came out and said she saw a scorpion run up the inside of the plane, over the seats and back down again.

"We were meant to board at 2pm, and this was about five minutes before, and now there's been a delay.

"They're being quiet about it now, but as we were passing a guy who was taking boarding passes I heard him say there was a scorpion.

"There were two girls who work for Air Canada too, and they were saying they'd heard it was a scorpion.

"I've no idea how it got on, they were saying something about people taking stuff through in glass containers to take somewhere else - and that's how it got out.

"I've heard they can't find it, so they don't want to take the chance, and they might have to get another plane.

"They haven't told us anything more."

EasyJet later clarified that the alarm had been raised by a passenger.

A spokeswoman said: "EasyJet can confirm that a passenger reported to crew that a scorpion was onboard flight EZY6883 from Glasgow to Paris, Charles de Gaulle.

"The safety and comfort of our passengers and crew is always our highest priority so, as a precaution, the aircraft will be fumigated before its next flight, EZY6884 to Glasgow, which is delayed overnight as a result.

"Although this is outside of our control, we would like apologise for any inconvenience to passengers."

In April this year, a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Houston to Calgary was allegedly stung by a scorpion which fell from an overhead bin and onto a man's hair while he was eating his lunch.

Richard Bell was eating his lunch on a flight from Houston back home to Calgary, Canada, when something fell into his hair.

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"I picked it up, and it was a scorpion," Mr Bell told CBC.

"And I was holding it out by the tail, so it couldn't really sting me then."

A fellow passenger was understandably alarmed by the sight of the insect, which prompted Mr Bell to drop it.

When he tried to pick it back up it stung him on the thumb.

Mr Bell then flicked it onto the floor before a flight attendant managed to cover it with a cup.

A nurse on-board managed to give him some painkillers as cabin crew made calls to paramedics at their destination.

Officials in Calgary were eager to find out more about the scorpion but by the time the flight landed staff had flushed it away.

United have given travel vouchers to Mr Bell and his wife by way of compensation.

"It's just one of those things that happens," Mr Bell said.

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