"When the plane had landed, one passenger was taking their things out of the compartment, that’s when suddenly the scorpion appeared above our seat. I was in row 19 with two other passengers, an elderly married couple," a passenger named Karim Taslin said in an interview with the Strait Times. "When we saw the scorpion above our heads we rushed out as fast as we could.” One passenger was able to get a couple photos and a video of it in action, and it's not hard to see why everyone was so freaked.
Taslin alerted the cabin crew of the creepy crawly on board, but they were too slow to react, and it managed to scurry away... somewhere. Officials on the ground reportedly later investigated it further, but were unable to find the scorpion. Fortunately, while it's capable of a fairly painful sting, this type of scorpion is not considered lethal.
“Ground service officers and technicians immediately carried out an in-depth search and thorough handling of the aircraft after the passengers and cargo were removed, but no animals were found,” Lion Air Spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said in a statement to the Daily Mail.
Officials believe the scorpion -- which was reportedly 12 inches long -- may have found its way onto the aircraft nearly a week before the flight took off.
So, uh, just in case you needed any more reason to pack light for your next trip.