Catherine Moreau was watching a movie on her iPad on a flight to Montreal when she felt what she thought was a wire brushing against her. "I brushed [it] away and it started tickling me again. That's when I noticed the tarantula," Moreau told CBC News.
"I hit it to get it off me before it bit."
Now Moreau is asking Air Transat for a partial refund over her encounter with the spider. The tarantula that climbed her leg was one of two on a Montreal-bound Air Transat flight from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on April 18, 2016 the airline and the union representing its flight attendants have confirmed.
Passengers screamed and stood on their seats after learning they shared the cabin with the eight-legged critters.
Julie Roberts, vice-president of Air Transat's flight attendant union, said flight attendants "did what they could to calm people down." "They gave first aid to the person who said that a spider climbed [her] legs," she said. Flight attendants also asked passengers to put on their shoes and cover their ankles.