The event was enough to induce a minor panic, as Bell and his wife used in-flight WiFi to Google everything related to scorpion stings and their symptoms and consequences. A nurse who happened to be onboard the flight gave Bell a pain killer to quell the sensation, which he likened to a wasp sting. When the plane landed in Calgary, EMS were already on site ready to take him to the hospital, where he was eventually told he was fine.
The incident was corroborated by United, as an airline spokesperson told The Guardian: “Our flight attendants helped a customer who was stung by what appeared to be a scorpion..Our crew immediately consulted with a MedLink physician on the ground who provided guidance throughout the incident and assured our crew that it was not a life-threatening matter.” The scorpion likely crawled its way into someone’s luggage, staying there until it dropped into the cabin, according to Bell.
Bell and his wife have been compensated by the airline in the form of flight credits, much like all passengers of Flight 3411, who are set to receive “compensation for the cost of their tickets," for having experienced that now infamous debacle.