Paranoia or stupidity? You be the judge!
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A US Airways passenger plane was diverted to Philadelphia on Thursday after a religious item worn by a Jewish passenger was mistaken as a bomb, Philadelphia police said.
A passenger was alarmed by the phylacteries, religious items which observant Jews strap around their arms and heads as part of morning prayers, on the flight from New York's La Guardia airport heading to Louisville.
"Someone on the plane construed it as some kind of device," said officer Christine O'Brien, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia police department.
No one was arrested or charged, O'Brien said.
The plane landed without incident and the passengers and crew were taken off the plane, a spokesman for US Airways said.
Phylacteries, called tefillin in Hebrew, are two small black boxes with black straps attached to them. Observant Jewish men are required to place one box on their head and tie the other one on their arm each weekday morning.
Thursday's incident was the latest of several false alarms on U.S. flights since the December 25 incident in which a Nigerian man attempted to detonate a bomb in his underpants from materials he smuggled onto the plane just as his flight was about to land in Detroit, authorities said.
The device did not explode and only burned the man, who was pounced on by fellow passengers.
Since then several flights have been diverted by security scares that have turned out to be harmless.
Ok! Here at the Les'Shyerar laboratories and Fried Chicken Shack have produced a audiovisual demonstration of the differences between a Tefillin and a suicide bomb...
This is a Tefillin. There are two squares, one on the forehead and one on the arm with a wrapping that goes across it. The person who mistook this for a bomb must be very ignorant of Jewish customs (Probably, the majority of Americans!), as this is a very ackward way of blowing oneself up (Then again so was the shoe bomb and the underwear bomb)! These objects are to pray to their invisible man of their choice; a jealous, mad desert god who will strike without any hesitation, unless you pray every day tying two boxes to your body! It's all very silly. But dangerous, no.
This is a suicide bomber. Look at the menacing look, the borrowed US Army surplus fatigues, the worn out AK 47, the dead man's switch and explosive sticks of fake dynamite. If you see one of those in your airport or flight, it's a poor soul that wants to die really, really soon by commiting "Suicide by Cop". Again, they do this to apeace the same desert, mad god, with the sacrifice of innocent lives. Seriously, this madness has to stop! Wait a minute...come to think this dude is actually a lady! And has cute eyes! I wonder if she would date an infidel like me?
But I digress...
Usually terrorists don't look like this...
They look like this.