For some people everything about traveling by plane can be a daunting experience.
The entire process, from the hassle of getting through airport security to flying itself, can make a simple journey intimidating and stressful.
When your nerves are already shot, the last thing you really want to worry about is a creepy crawly making a surprise appearance on board.
Unfortunately for a group of Lion Air passengers this week, all hell broke lose when a giant scorpion climbed out of one of the overhead luggage bins.
According to reports, the 12-inch arachnid was first spotted after a traveler took out their bag from the compartment upon arrival.
“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,” passenger Karim Taslin said, according to Strait Times.
Taslin said he alerted the cabin crew by pressing the "call for help" button, but they were not in a rush to respond to the situation. By the time they arrived, the scorpion was nowhere to be found.
It's unclear why the staff did not immediately help, but it could be because of the fact that the scorpion is one of the largest and most poisonous species found in Indonesia: an Asian forest scorpion.
There's no evidence that the scorpion escaped from a passenger's luggage during the flight. Daily Mail reports that the creature had been crawling around the aircraft for at least a week.
The incident is now being investigated by Lion Air, whose spokesperson also told the U.K. news outlet that their “ground service officers and technicians immediately carried out an in-depth search and thorough handling of the aircraft after the passengers and cargo were removed."