Scorpions on a plane? United flight evacuated after arachnid spotted

According to the airline, the scorpion emerged from a customer’s clothing. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 12 May 2017
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Scorpions on a plane? United flight evacuated after arachnid spotted

DUBAI: United Airlines is making headlines again, but this time not for dragging anyone off a plane.
Instead, passengers set to fly from Houston to Quito in Ecuador Thursday were evacuated after some customers reported there was a scorpion on Flight 1035.
According to a United statement, the scorpion “emerged from a customer’s clothing.
“Paramedics at the gate immediately examined the customer and determined that he had not been stung. The customer declined further medical treatment and, as a precaution, a new aircraft was arranged,” the statement reads.

According to Mashable, United distributed meal vouchers due to the three-hour delay.
This isn’t the first time a scorpion has tried to hitch a ride on a United flight.
In April, a scorpion fell out of the overhead locker and onto a man’s head on a flight from Houston to Calgary.


Saudi Arabia’s al-Ula youth being groomed for hospitality sector

A photo taken on January 4, 2019, shows a people visiting the Hejaz train station near Saudi Arabia's northwestern town of al-Ula, an Ottoman era railway. (AFP)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s al-Ula youth being groomed for hospitality sector

  • Mihraje lauded the Kingdom for its efforts in resolving regional issues and fighting terrorism

JEDDAH: A group of 100 young men and women from the historic Al-Ula region will be sent abroad to learn French in the hope of acquiring new skills for the tourism and hospitality sector, according to Mostafa Mihraje, French consul general in Jeddah.
The statement came during a meeting that included delegations from the consulate and the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).
Hisham Kaaki, MCCI chairman, was also present at the meeting.
Mihraje lauded the Kingdom for its efforts in resolving regional issues and fighting terrorism.
“Relations between the two countries are going from strength to strength in the political, economic, trade and developmental spheres,” he said.
Mihraje called for bolstering cooperation with the MCCI by establishing a joint center with the consulate that would facilitate trade and visas.
“Up to 50,000 pilgrims come from France yearly,” he said. “The consulate issues about 62,000 visas every year.”
Kaaki said the chamber would ensure facilitating French language learning for anyone wishing to do so.”
“The Kingdom can benefit from France in the fields of tourism, transport, hospitality and training, especially since the country welcomes about 80 million tourists a year,” he said.
“Organizing the first exhibition for French catalogs in Makkah will shed light on investment opportunities. This would come at a time in which Makkah is witnessing major urban development, which can also provide ample opportunities between us.”