Pray That Security Does Not Prey on Prayers


Diagram of a man wearing Tefillin and a yarmulke while praying

A Jewish teenager who reportedly had no time to put on tefillin and pray before his early morning flight on US Airways bound for Louisville from New York decided to be efficient with his time and pray while in flight. After all, there is no harm in praying on-board an aircraft while in flight — right?

The only problem is that he did not consider how other people on the aircraft might react to his putting on tefillin — a daily ritual practiced for thousands of years by those who adhere to the laws of Judaism — and the result was that the aircraft was diverted to Philadelphia.

Was the whole situation merely a fluke and a misunderstanding, or did the teenager do anything wrong or make a mistake?

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