Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Okay, this obsession with terrorism on airplanes is starting to get out of hand. Every day it seems another plane is being forced to land, invariably because of a “disruptive passenger” that turns out to be nothing at all. the latest example was a US Airways flight:

A teenager strapping Jewish religious ritual prayer boxes to his head and arm caused a scare on a plane from New York to Kentucky this morning, prompting the pilot to land in Philadelphia, officials said.

Authorities determined there was no threat and the 17-year-old boy and his 16-year-old sister, who live in White Plains, N.Y., were not held.


The Jewish kid had a tefillin:

Flight 3079, a U.S. Airways Express operated by Chautauaqa Airlines, was en route from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Louisville about 8:15 a.m. when a flight attendant saw the youth putting on his tefillin, police said.

Tefillin are leather boxes containing scriptures with leather straps that observant Jewish men wear on their foreheads and arm and fingers during obligatory weekday morning prayers.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan said the flight attendant became concerned and alerted the pilot.

“It’s something they never seen before,” Sullivan said.

“This is something most Americans probably have never seen before,” FBI spokesman J.J. Klaver said later.

OMG! He looks weird! Terrorist! Seriously, people. This is getting out of hand.