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BIZARRE AIRLINE BEHAVIOR . . .ASKING FOR TROUBLE
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.