America the Paranoid

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Jewish teenager trying to pray on a New York-to-Kentucky flight caused a scare Thursday when he pulled out a set of small boxes containing holy scrolls, leading the captain to divert the flight to Philadelphia, where the commuter plane was greeted by police, bomb-sniffing dogs and federal agents.

    The 17-year-old on US Airways Express Flight 3079 was using tefillin, a set of small boxes containing biblical passages that are attached to leather straps, Philadelphia police Lt. Frank Vanore said.

    When used in prayer, one box is strapped to the arm while the other box is placed on the head.

    "It's something that the average person is not going to see very often, if ever," FBI spokesman J.J. Klaver said.

    The teen explained the ritual after being questioned by crew members of the flight, which had left LaGuardia Airport around 7:30 a.m. headed for Louisville and was operated by Chautauqua Airlines, authorities said.

    Officials with the airline, however, said crew members "did not receive a clear response" when they talked with the teen, according to a statement issued by Republic Airways, which owns Chautauqua.

    "Therefore, in the interest of everyone's safety, the crew decided to land in Philadelphia, where a more complete investigation and follow-up with authorities would be possible," the statement said.

    The flight landed in Philadelphia about 9 a.m. without incident and was met by police, bomb-sniffing dogs and officials from the FBI and Transportation Security Administration.

    Authorities said the plane was searched and passengers were questioned. The teen, who is from White Plains, N.Y., and was traveling with his 16-year-old sister, was very cooperative, Vanore said.

    "They were more alarmed than we were," Vanore said.

    Klaver said the teen and his sister were never in custody and were cleared to continue their travels.

    The teen's grandmother, who was waiting for him at Louisville International Airport, said the early flight left no time to pray before leaving New York.(Jet diverts to Philly over teen passenger's prayer) if you wish to read the rest of the story.
    By KATHY MATHESON Associated Press Writer The Associated Press
    Thursday, January 21, 2010 9:25 PM EST
     
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    "It's something that the average person is not going to see very often, if ever," FBI spokesman J.J. Klaver said.

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    I have heard of the underwear bomb incident. If this average person were sitting next to someone on a flight, odd boxes strapped to one arm and the other on the head I'd sure as fuck be suspicious.
     
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    I'm not paranoid. I just don't trust anybody.
     
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    Yeah, I'd wonder what the heck was going on if I saw someone strapping that to his arm and head.

    Imagine no religion.

    It's easy if you try.
     
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    All the while muttering some unintelligible chant, rocking back and forth.

    The sad thing is, if I ever hear the words "Allah Akbar" I do know it's time to kiss my ass goodbye.
     
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    Damn. These religious fruit cups and their "praying".

    I do believe in spooks
    I do belived in spooks
    I do
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    I do belived in spooks
     
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    Why is it that within 3 minutes of signing on to the net or turning on a TV I cant go without hearing about IsNtReal or read something written by, or about, The Chosen. Self chosen.
     
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    Yeah imagine all the people who needed that hope to go on with their lives.

    Imagine the slaves who prayed each day to God asking for Freedom.

    Imagine if there wasn't.. The world would be kinda dull now wouldn't it.



    Of course it's easy for you to say, i'm guessing you're an Atheist? That's fine, i really could care less, but it seems you forget about the people who need the Hope and Faith.

    Just sayin'
     
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    What is it about prayer that it can't wait for a plane to land?
     
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    Uhhhhhhhh........roger, November two-niner Bravo at the outer marker. On final for runway 22 Left.

    Copy that, two-niner Bravo. Clear to land.

    Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... approach, request divert to holding pattern.

    Say again, two-niner.

    Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........................
     

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