It Happens Again…
On Sunday, three Orthodox Jewish businessmen triggered fears on a flight from Mexico City to Los Angeles. Passengers on Alaska Airlines Flight 241 became alarmed when the three men began to pray out loud. “Shortly after takeoff … three passengers were praying out loud in a language other than Spanish,” according to an airline spokeswoman. “They had something that appeared to the flight attendants to be strapped under their clothing,” the spokeswoman said. “The flight attendants alerted the flight deck, who in turn alerted the tower at LAX. Law enforcement met the plane upon arrival.” The airline spokeswoman said she was unaware if the men were wearing teflillin, or phylacteries.
When the planed landed at LAX it was greeted by members of airport police, the FBI and Customs and Border Protection. According to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller, the men were questioned and their baggage was searched before they were cleared to go. “The men were extremely cooperative,” Eimiller said. Airport police Sgt. Belinda Nettles told CNN there was never any threat to passenger or aircraft safety.
Note to airline personnel, and state & federal agencies: Prayer is NOT terrorism & teffillin are not explosive!