Pilot diverts jet over teenager's in-flight prayer
PHILADELPHIA – A Jewish teen trying to pray on a New York-to-Kentucky flight caused a scare when he pulled out a set of small boxes containing holy scrolls, leading the captain to divert the flight to Philadelphia, where the commuter plane was greeted by police, bomb-sniffing dogs and federal agents.
The 17-year-old on US Airways Express Flight 3079 was using tefillin, a set of small boxes containing biblical passages that are attached to leather straps, said Philadelphia police Lt. Frank Vanore.
Read the article--this is ludicrous--poor kid!
Answer by armywife2009101 at 9:09 PM on Jan. 21, 2010
Answer by ecodani at 9:15 PM on Jan. 21, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 9:18 PM on Jan. 21, 2010
Armywife--they asked him and he tried to explain. They weren't satisfied with the explanation--which turned out to be entirely true. The kneejerk reactions are over the top.
ecodani--i am willing bet he was praying for a safe flight.
Answer by AnonIsEasiest at 9:20 PM on Jan. 21, 2010
Answer by ecodani at 9:37 PM on Jan. 21, 2010
Answer by Fallaya at 9:42 PM on Jan. 21, 2010
eco...I will admit to almost total ignorance on the details of the Jewish religion. All I was taught was they believe Jesus was a prophet but not THE prophet but otherwise we all believe in the same God. That may be way off but I was taught my religion (catholicism) and taught to have respect for all others. I think this is sad, poor kid, but at this stage of the game I guess its better safe than sorry.
Answer by Anonymous at 9:46 PM on Jan. 21, 2010
Answer by 29again at 10:01 PM on Jan. 21, 2010
Answer by pnwmom at 10:28 PM on Jan. 21, 2010
THIS is the new reality of air travel. The crew will need to make that call each time a situation arises. Clearly, none of the employees recognized the items in question. Religion and praying are hot topics in the public forum, especially with regards to air travel. Imo, we should be prepared to hear of many more incidents like this one.
Answer by Sisteract at 10:33 PM on Jan. 21, 2010