Delta Pays Passenger For In-Flight Spider Bite

Law360, New York (August 30, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT) -- Delta Air Lines Inc. on Monday shelled out $80,000 to a woman who claimed she was bitten on the thigh by a venomous brown recluse spider during an international flight, leaving her with permanent scars and disfigurement.

The woman, who asked to be identified only by the initials B.D., underwent several surgeries after she allegedly suffered the bite on Jan. 12 while flying from Atlanta to Johannesburg, South Africa. She demanded $175,000 in compensation from Delta, arguing that the bite was an “accident” under the international...
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