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Plane Diverted Because Religious Item is Mistaken for Bomb

January 21, 2010 | Posted in: Passengers,Security,Travel Safety,US Airways

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“Paranoia runs deep. Into your life it will creep.” - Buffalo Springfield, 1967

This latest “diverted plane” incident does seem like a dip into paranoia. Big time.

It occurred this morning when a passenger aboard a US Airways flight from New York to Louisville mistook a religious item worn by a Jewish passenger for a bomb. The plane was diverted to Philadelphia and everyone was taken off the plane.

The item in question was actually phylacteries or teffilin in Hebrew, which are as Reuters notes, “two small black boxes with black straps attached to them. Observant Jewish men are required to place one box on their head and tie the other one on their arm each weekday morning.”

Clearly no one wants to take any chances after the notorious Underwear Bomber incident, but – religious items? Really?

Well, I guess people are worried about the consequences of ignoring anything, possibly because of what Buffalo Springfield sang about (as continued from above):

“Step out of line, the Man comes, and takes you away.”

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