ARTICLE - Dead scorpion found on US Airways flight

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  1. Funtodoimpossible
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    Dead scorpion found on US Airways flight

    Jet fumigated at Charlotte airport after passengers moved to another plane

    A dead scorpion was found on a US Airways flight on Thursday just as the plane was pulling away from a gate at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, NBC News has learned.

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42711260/ns/travel-news/

    I wouldn't have thought this to be that uncommon occurance, considering how much the planes move about the country and insects can easily stow away while they plane is at a gate.
     
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    The TSA is not doing its job. :eek:
     
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    Stowaway from Tempe?
     
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    It's hard to see how fumigation helps if it's already dead, but I guess the theory must be that it was travelling with friends.

    Are these things poisonous if they sting? Are they very aggressive?
     
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    They can be lethal, but at the very least ruin your day
     
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    Suicide Scorpion terrorist?
     
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    Not one hard rock band joke? What's going on in this community? :p
     
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    Maybe mersk862 misses MSP already.
     
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    Wouldn't want to offend any Germans in the audience. Besides they're a great band!!
     
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    http://www.angelfire.com/tx4/scorpiones/states.html
     
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    The smaller they are usually the more intense the sting will be. This may be a bad comparison but it is more like a severe bee sting. Not many people die from them but some people may be allergic to them. A poisonous spider bite is much much worse than a scorpion sting.The bark scorpion is the worse and I think the most common one in Arizona so the sting may be pretty unpleasant but rarely deadly or any long term effects. I've known people who have been stung and didn't require any kind of doctor/hospital visit.

    They tend to like dark spaces and hide in places such as shoes. You can see them with a black light. They aren't aggressive.

    I have friends who seem to have battles constantly with scorpions in and around their home. That is one reason why I wonder about the fumigation. Unless they are using chemicals you can't use in residential homes I don't think they are that useful. If it was that easy to eliminate them I would have thought my coworkers would do that and be rid of them. The pest control people I've talked to said the only things they can do is to try and kill insects that scorpions feed off of and that will cause them to avoid the area.

    Fortunately I live in an area where they don't seem to exist.

    (I'm no expert so consider that when reading this message :) )
     
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    At least it was dead.
     
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    Though I'm sure it was alive when it boarded ;)
     
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    Why? Why did I have to look at this thread? I am completely creeped out now!
     
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    That's a yellow scorpion and, at least in Israel, they are much more dangerous than the black variety. Either one will hurt like hell but the yellow scorpion can kill.
     
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    This one is a giant desert hairy scorpion I found on my back patio. He was about 5 inches long!
    It is considered to be only mildly venomous:eek: I was really freaking out when I found him.
     
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    And half the comments on MSNBC are in the same theme. It's a good sign we're not the only ones who mock the TSA! :)
     
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    In Asia someone would have taken it home and deep fried it.
     
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