Scorpion stings United Airlines passenger mid-flight

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Airlines officials confirm that a passenger was stung by a scorpion on a recent United flight.

A United Airlines passenger was stung mid-flight by what officials believe was a scorpion, the airline has confirmed.

The incident happened last week on a flight from Houston to Calgary, Canada.

In a statement, the airline said that the passenger, whose identity has not been released, received medical attention when the flight landed. According to airline officials, the sting was not life-threatening.

The airline said it has reached out to the customer to apologize for the incident.

The scorpion encounter happened just days before a high-profile incident in which law enforcement officers were called to forcibly remove a ticketed passenger from a flight to make room for commuting United employees.

That passenger, Dr. David Dao, suffered from a "significant concussion," his attorneys said Thursday. The incident has prompted massive public outrage.

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