The flight attendants on an Alaskan Airlines flight got their panties in a twist over Orthodox Jews on the flight performing a prayer ritual on the plane. They had the cockpit locked down, and the passengers had to go through FBI questioning when they landed.
Should there be a limit to how someone prays on a plane to avoid other people's discomfort? Should the flight attendants simply have asked them what was going on instead of raising their security level automatically?
Description of what they were doing:
The ritual involves strapping leather ribbons and small wooden boxes containing verses of the Torah to the body while saying morning prayers. A flight attendant became spooked when she saw the men wrapping the straps to their foreheads and arms and praying loudly in Hebrew, and she instructed the crew to lock down the cockpit, Egan said. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/03/13/2011-03-13_orthodox_jewish_prayer_ritual_spooks_alaska_airlines_flight_attendants_crew_lock.html#ixzz1GXoTNYSoAnswer Question
Answer by popzaroo at 12:30 AM on Mar. 14, 2011
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Answer by pam19 at 8:47 AM on Mar. 14, 2011
I see both sides to this. I think that those who are inclined to pray should be allowed to do so, but I can also understand the flight attendant's concerns, especially if she was clueless about the method of prayer with that particular religious sect. I don't know if it's practical to ask that all of our flight personnel understand all modes of prayer with every conceivable religion, and we've seen enough strange ways that terrorists have tried to smuggle bombs on board. I wish I had an answer to this, but right now, I'm evenly split between feeling disappointed at the attendant's reaction, and understanding why she would be concerned, albeit erroneously.
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