BIZARRE AIRLINE BEHAVIOR . . .ASKING FOR TROUBLE

Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines
Arms Straps
Arms Straps
The entire kit that gets strapped around arms and head.
The entire kit that gets strapped around arms and head.
Black box on your head anyone?
Black box on your head anyone?
In prayer
In prayer
Birds do it,  Even  funny clowns do it
Birds do it, Even funny clowns do it
And Rosie the Riviter
And Rosie the Riviter

Passengers on an air flight have a right to FEEL safe.

In view of the many attempts by Muslim terrorists to blow up passenger airplanes, the hijacking of US air planes on 9/11 resulting in the murder of thousands of Americans, the murder of innocent passengers on U.S. bound Pan Am 103 by Gaddafi in 1988, the shoe bomber attempt, an attempt by Nigerian terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a Delta airplane in Dec 2009, and numerous other attempts by terrorists to kill innocent passengers by blowing them out of the air, despite all that we have people performing bizarre religious rituals on board passenger airplanes.

Why on earth do passengers on an airplane feel the need to engage in spectacular religious rites when they know perfectly well most folks in the area have no idea what they are doing and are understandably going to be frightened?

This is infuriating behavior given the climate in which we live today.

On March 13 three Orthodox Jewish men boarded the flight 241 from Mexico City and began praying very loudly in Hebrew. They felt the need to perform this prayer ritual on a four- hour flight. The ritual involves strapping black bands around their arms and foreheads that hold black boxes called teflillin. Inside the boxes are small scrolls with Jewish scriptures.

When questioned about the boxes they had attached to themselves the men were reluctant to discuss them with the airline attendants. To make this incident even more infuriating Rabbi Motti Seligson, said, “I would encourage airlines to sensitize its employees to the salient effect of the tefillin ritual – and would be more than happy to put them in touch with local rabbis who can teach their personnel more about this tradition.”

Then totally pandering to this nonsense was airline spokesman Bobbie Egan who said, "Alaska Airlines embraces the cultural and religious diversity of our passengers and employees. We apologize for the experience these three passengers went through after landing in Los Angeles as well as for any inconvenience to our other customers onboard,"

The flight attendants said the three men engaged in other bizarre behavior and despite repeated requests to take their seats during turbulence the three ignored these requests and stood up and began removing the boxes and straps from the overhead luggage.

Later while two of the men went to the lavatories the third stood in the aisle and appeared to be looking about and toward the cockpit door.

Deborah Lauter of the Anti Defamation League suggested the airlines needs to train the personnel in the religious matters. But finally added one sane statement by saying that it was a two way street and perhaps the praying people that felt the need to strap on black bands around themselves on an air flight should tell the attendants prior to the ritual.

Call me a conspiracy nut, but it seems to me there is more going on here than is on the surface. Why the need for this performance on a four hour flight?

How about a sign on the bulkhead that says “ NO RELIGIOUS RITUALS WHILE IN FLIGHT. That would be my suggestion.

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I agree with you completely. There is a certain way to behave while on board an airplane and certainly standing up and making a spectacle of yourself whether you are praying or just being nuisance is not acceptable.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

I can't imagine how frightened those passengers must havea been. thank you for reading my hub.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

I know very little about these religious rituals, but find it hard to believe they are tied to a clock. It would seem to me they could be postponed until a more proper place and time were available. Even their god should forgive them for being a few hours late or allow them to do it twice the next day to make up for the one they missed.

I would say we have become so PC that various groups just push the envelope to see how far they can go before someone loses their cool. This also opens opportunites for lawsuits and playing the "poor us" game. Unacceptable behaviour in my opinion.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

It reminds me of the Muslims that board planes then deliberately draw attention to themselves by pacing the aisle, requesting addtional seat belts. It seems like they are "testing the water". So why on earth jews would be doing this? And like you say, why don't they just wait until they are in private? Why on an airplane?

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