A scorpion was seen crawling out of the overhead bin of an airplane after it landed in Jakarta, as passengers were pulling out their luggage.
The moment was captured on video by one passenger, who shared it, along with some pictures on social media on Feb. 14—Valentine’s Day.
The airline said that the Boeing 737-800NG was last fumigated in October and checked by pest control just a week earlier.
According to some reports, the creature was a small scorpion, according to others, it was a particularly large specimen of the larger Asian forest scorpion.
But according to the airline, it didn’t appear to be a scorpion at all.
“Based on our observation of the video, it seems like a spider,” said Prihantoro.
The tell-tale pincers of the scorpion are not immediately obvious from the video, in which a creature’s legs can be seen scuttling back and forth along on the edge of the overhead bin, its body concealed from view, as the comforting upbeat music that signals the plane has landed is piped through the tannoy in the background.
A Scorpion Drops in for LunchOnlooker Taslin said that he pressed the emergency button.
“There was no response, so I shouted for help,” he said, according to the Daily Mail. “But at that time the atmosphere in the cabin was crowded with passengers picking up their luggage, so the crew were [sic] 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.”
Lion Air is Indonesia’s largest airline, taking up half of the domestic market in 2017.
In 2017, a scorpion stowed aboard a United Airlines flight from Houston to Calgary, hiding in the business class overhead cabin until it fell on a passenger as he was eating lunch.
Richard Bell was returning from vacation with his wife, Linda Bell.
He brushed the scorpion into the aisle, and flight attendants were able to catch it and flush it down the toilet.
United confirmed the incident.