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Passengers detained on Mexico City to LAX flights

Orthodox Jews detained for prayer ritual on plane

Mar 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Alaska Airlines pilots locked down the cockpit and alerted authorities after three orthodox Jewish passengers conducted an elaborate prayer ritual aboard Los Angeles-bound flight.

Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says the crew of Flight 241 from Mexico City became alarmed Sunday after the men began the ritual, which involves tying leather straps and small wooden boxes to the body.

FBI and customs agents, along with police and fire crews, met the plane at the gate at Los Angeles International Airport.

Airport police say two or three men were escorted off the plane, questioned by the FBI, and released. No arrests were made.

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Source: AP

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