17 year-old tried to explain, but to no avail.
Prejudice, precaution or paranoia? In the latest plane scare, authorities grounded a New York flight after a Jewish teen's tefillin, a set of harmless prayer straps, sparked fears of a terrorist attack.
The 17 year-old boy and his sister were on a flight from La Guardia to Louisville Thursday morning, when his religious garb caught the attention of the other passengers and the plane's crew.
His tefillin, which is a series of straps and boxes worn by some orthodox Jews to show their faith and devotion to God, was mistaken for a terrorist bomb. Even though he tried to explain the meaning of his tefillin, also called phylacteries, the young man was labeled a potential security threat and the plane was landed in Philadelphia.
After landing, security officials swept the plane for explosives but found nothing. The young man and his sister were questioned by members of the Transportation Security Administration, then were released after being cooperative.
So what do you think? Were officials taking the appropriate precautions, or does this signify a larger problem of our society's ignorance of minority cultures?