Pilots panic over praying passengers

Ruth Doherty

Pilots on Alaska Airlines got a fright and locked down the cockpit after three passengers conducted an elaborate Orthodox Jewish prayer ritual during a Los Angeles-bound flight.

A spokeswoman for the airline says the crew of Flight 241 alerted authorities when the men began the praying ritual, which involved tying leather straps and small wooden boxes to the body.

FBI and customs agents, police and fire crews were waiting at the gate as the plane landed at Los Angeles Intrenational Airport.

The airport police revealed that although three men were escorted off the plane and questioned by the FBI, they were released and no arrests were made.

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