A U.S. Airways jet was diverted to Philadelphia International Airport Thursday after a praying Jewish man’s religious item was mistaken for a bomb, police said.

There were initial reports that a man may have been wired with “a device” and FBI and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials and a police bomb squad all attended.

However, when authorities boarded Flight 3079 from LaGuardia Airport to Louisville, they established there was no bomb on board.

Government sources also said the passenger had been “praying loudly” and that the flight was diverted out of an “abundance of caution.”
Officials said a passenger had become alarmed by seeing a man with phylacteries — boxes containing verses from the Bible — which observant Jews strap around their arms and heads as part of morning prayers…

The passengers were due to fly to Louisville on a different plane. It was unclear whether the man wearing the phylacteries would be among them.

So, if you’re afraid of flying and must take a trip by air – don’t pray once you’re on board. At least not in Hebrew or Yiddish.




  1. emshighway says:

    TSA had nothing to do with this except when called in by the airlines. This is some flight attendant and pilot freaking out over nothing. They fly out of New York, they should have seen this a few thousand times.

  2. Loupe Garou says:

    #27 “In a society of OPENNESS, and freedom of religion..(LMAO)”

    How about a little trip to Saudi Arabia with a Bible. You will really have a good LOL.

  3. Loupe Garou says:

    #19 “That’s a paraphrase of C.S. Lewis, I’m too lazy to track the source.”

    Don’t bother, he thinks the Screwtape Letters is a fuck book.

  4. ECA says:

    33,
    and you dont think it happened in the USA??
    How about the consternation of Christians over Protestants and the IRISH coming to America??
    The KKK,
    The piss off attitude to the Asians that came to the USA to build the rail roads..
    There has been more infighting in side the Christian religions then anything.

  5. zorkor says:

    @Benjamin #17

    Allah-u-Akbar means Take over in Arabic? You seriously need help there dude.

    Its means Allah is great, means God is great. Stop making illiterate assumptions.

  6. Buzz says:

    New Rule: No religion while flying. Period. No exceptions. No religious garb, artifacts or praying on airplanes. If you disobey, you will fly in a coma.

  7. Rick Cain says:

    I’ll bet the jews were responsible for this!

    Nyuk Nyuk


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