Thursday, January 21, 2010

Prayer Box Causes Airplane Scare

A US Airways flight from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Louisville made an emergency landing in Pittsburgh after a passenger on the plane mistook a devoutly religious Jewish teen's prayer box as a bomb.

Known as tefillin, it's used by orthodox Jewish males as a means of prayer. The man attaches leather to his hand and his forehead, symbolically binding him to Jews worldwide. Another passenger mistook the leather for an electrical wire, prompting the bomb scare.

The 17-year-old who was praying on the plane was questioned and released.

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