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    Pilots lock down cockpit over praying passengers - Yahoo! News


    LOS ANGELES – Pilots on an Alaska Airlines flight locked down the cockpit and alerted authorities after three passengers conducted an elaborate orthodox Jewish prayer ritual during their Los Angeles-bound flight.

    Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says the crew of Flight 241 from Mexico City became alarmed Sunday after the men began the ritual, which involves tying leather straps and small wooden boxes to the body.

    FBI and customs agents, along with police and fire crews, met the plane at the gate at Los Angeles International Airport.

    Airport police say two or three men were escorted off the plane, questioned by the FBI, and released. No arrests were made.

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    What kind of a ritual is that?????? Thats in the Torah? Would like to know what it signifies
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    Tefillin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    You'd think they'd at least have heard of this when it happened a year ago.

    'Jewish prayer box' sparks bomb scare on U.S. plane

    By Mail Foreign Service
    Last updated at 2:14 AM on 22nd January 2010


    Prayer device: A Jewish man wears the Phylacteries, two small black boxes strapped around the arm and head (posed by model)

    A U.S. Airways plane has been diverted to Philadelphia after a prayer device worn by a Jewish teenager onboard a flight was mistaken as a bomb.

    The man had strapped the Phylacteries - two small black leather boxes with black straps - around his arms and head after take-off – causing alarm to other passengers who reported him to the crew.

    The plane, which was heading for Louisville, Kentucky, from New York’s La Guardia airport, landed at around 2pm (GMT) today.
    At least 12 emergency vehicles, including the Philadelphia bomb squad, rushed to the airport and the man was taken for questioning.
    No arrests have been made, according to officers.
    Passengers onboard the 50-seater regional jet – USAir Flight 3079 run by Chautequa Air - were led to safety.

    Phylacteries, called tefillin in Hebrew, are used by observant Jewish men - they are required to place one box on their head and tie the other one on their arm each weekday morning.
    ‘Someone on the plane construed it as some kind of device,’ Christine O'Brien, a spokesman for Philadelphia police, said.

    U.S. airports are on high alert after a Nigerian man was held over an alleged bomb plot on a plane on Christmas Day last year.

    His device allegedly malfunctioned and he was quickly overpowered by passengers and crew on the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit
    Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, is awaiting trial after denying trying to blow up the transatlantic jet.


    Bomb scare: The U.S Airways flight was en route to Kentucky when it diverted
    Phylacteries contain four passages from the Scriptures and there are strict laws governing the manufacture and wearing of the boxes.
    The practice of wearing them at stated moments is still regarded as a sacred religious duty by observant orthodox Jews.
    The Jewish Encyclopaedia says: 'As long as the tefillin are on the head and on the arm of a man, he is modest and God-fearing and will not be attracted by hilarity or idle talk, and will have no evil thoughts, but will devote all his thoughts to truth and righteousness.'

    Read more: U.S. flight diverted after teenager using 'prayer device' sparks bomb scare | Mail Online

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    Somone starts strapping a box on their body as my plane is flying, I'm going to get nervous, too.

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    Has nobody ever seen orthodox Jews before?

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    Yes but I have never in my life seen that business with boxes and straps.
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    I'm going to call the authorities too if that happens and I don't know what the hell it is. I've never heard of that. The boxes look like they could be bombs or something that could be made to explode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookie View Post
    I'm going to call the authorities too if that happens and I don't know what the hell it is. I've never heard of that. The boxes look like they could be bombs or something that could be made to explode.
    Are you serious?

    Bombs on their foreheads? Does that even make sense?

    If you have ever seen a photo of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem (and you have as it's been on the cover of Time many times), then you would have seen men wearing these to pray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    Has nobody ever seen orthodox Jews before?
    Apparently not. Its a scary scary world.... and ignorance is VERY scary imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olivia View Post
    Are you serious?

    Bombs on their foreheads? Does that even make sense?

    If you have ever seen a photo of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem (and you have as it's been on the cover of Time many times), then you would have seen men wearing these to pray.
    It doesn't NEED to make sense. Does some guy lighting his goddamn underwear on fire on a plane make sense either? Not really, but it happened. And, no I am NOT familiar with the habits of Orthodox Jews.

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    I'd get very nervous, too, if I was sitting on a flight and a bunch of men started strapping boxes to themselves. I've never seen or heard of this, ever. I'm Catholic and don't even know any of our own practices, let alone orthodox Jewish ones.

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    I've had orthodox jewish coworkers. And I used to drive through an orthodox jewish neighborhood, with temples and yeshivas, on the way to school. But I've never seen the phylactories. I could see how it would alarm some people.

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    Airport police say two or three men were escorted off the plane, questioned by the FBI,

    Ridiculous!

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    Ok, yes, I'm ignorant about this. Apparently a lot of people are. I've never seen it, and I've seen pictures of the wailing wall. I don't get this crappy attitude about it. I'm sure I've seen things that some of y'all have never seen, but that doesn't make me superior.
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    I'm not claiming to be superior and I'm certainly not being nasty. I'm just genuinely surprised that people haven't seen this before.

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