A US Airway flight from New York was diverted and the bomb squad called after a Jewish teenager was caught . . . praying. The teen was praying with a traditional tefillin on the flight and said that he explained the practice, but the flight crew went into full alert on Flight 3079.
The tefillin are a couple of small cubic leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah connected with leather straps. The 17-year-old boy was confronted by the crew, which said that it did not “receive a clear response.” The teen was traveling with his 16-year-old sister.
This is not first case of a flight being diverted by prayer. Notably, the earlier controversy over praying Imams involved USAirways, here.
There are also reports of Muslims being told to choose between praying and flying, here.
There is now a move to allow “prayer sections” on flights the way we once had smoking sections, here.
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