Tarantula crawls on passenger during flight

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MONTREAL (NEWS10) – Passengers on a flight from Mexico to Montreal lived a real-life nightmare thanks to a couple of stow-aways that started crawling up their legs!

It’s the stuff that horror films are made of. Stuck on a plane for hours with tarantulas on the loose, but imagine living it.

Catherine Moreau and her family did.

An hour into the flight home from Punta Cana, she felt a tickle on her leg. She looked down and saw the tarantula climbing up her leg.

Moreau’s daughter Laurence lost it. Laurence says her heart stopped and she screamed bloody murder when she saw it.

The whole plane screamed when passengers realized the tarantula wasn’t traveling alone. Sheer panic as passengers raised their feet off the ground, for the three hours left in the flight, to avoid the two tarantulas.

One was caught by Moreau’s fast thinking husband, the other only at landing.

The entomologist guesses they were Hispaniolan Giant Tarantulas. They are common in the Dominican Republic, possible stowed in someone’s carry on.

“It can be aggressive sometimes so if you try and catch it or put a pen on it or just poke her, it will rise up the side of its body and show both teeth,” Etienne Normandin, of AnimaNature, said.

He says, don’t worry. A tarantula’s venom isn’t strong.

Air Transat says their cabin crews are trained to prioritize safety. In a statement the airline says:

“In the case at hand, which is an unusual and isolated event, our staff reacted promptly and efficiently.”

That’s not how Moreau saw it. She wants more from the company. A refund for the return trip.

She says it’s the least Air Transat can do, to make up for a flight from hell.

The passenger says she sent a certified letter to the airline, signed for a week ago, but hasn’t heard back.

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