Terrified Plane Passengers Film Live Scorpion Found In The Overhead Cabin

We've all heard of Snakes on a Plane, right? Well, what about scorpions on a plane?

No, that's not the title of an uncalled for sequel - it's actually the reality faced by a group of terrified passengers during their flight in Indonesia this week.


Yes, a scorpion was spotted scurrying along the overhead cabin on a Lion Air flight bound for Jakarta, much to the dismay of everyone on board. The incident was filmed and posted on social media, just in case you weren't sure what pure nightmare fuel looked like.

According to The Jakarta Post, Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said on Friday that the airline was still investigating the appearance of the venomous animal, although he did add: "Based on our observation of the video, it seems like a spider."

Yes, yes it does Danang - that is, until you see a close up of the fucker:

A live scorpion was filmed on a plane. Credit: ViralPress
A live scorpion was filmed on a plane. Credit: ViralPress

Yep, definitely a scorpion. Apparently it resembles a small poisonous scorpion known locally as kalajengking.

Describing the incident, onlooker Karim Taslin said: '"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. When we saw the scorpion above our heads we rushed out as fast as we could."

When the cabin crew came to find it, the scorpion had gone back inside the roof, and even now no one knows how long the critter had been there or how it got inside the plane.

Karim added: "I didn't have time to catch the scorpion. So it disappeared into the cabin baggage area. I pressed the emergency button. There was no response, so I shouted for help.

"But at that time the atmosphere in the cabin was crowded with passengers picking up their luggage, so the crew were also slow to arrive at row 19.

"When I think back it makes me shiver. The scorpion could have dropped on our heads and stung us."

Passengers filmed the bizarre incident and shared it online. Credit: ViralPress
Passengers filmed the bizarre incident and shared it online. Credit: ViralPress

Definitely not a worry you want to be having whilst 30,000 ft up in the air. The question now is, just where did the little stinger run off to?

"Ground service officers and technicians immediately carried out in-depth search and thorough handling of the aircraft after the passengers and cargo were removed, but no animals were found," said Danang.

Yikes - good luck to anyone boarding that flight in the near future!

Featured Image Credit: ViralPress

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

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