Jewish Man With Full Beard And Black Hat Yanked Off Flight:
NEW YORK - A passenger who left his seat to pray in the back of a plane before it took off, ignoring flight attendants' orders to return, was removed by an airport security guard, a witness and the airline said.
The Orthodox Jewish man, who wore a full beard, a black hat and a long black coat, stood near the lavatories and began saying his prayers while the United Airlines jet was being boarded at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday night, fellow passenger Ori Brafman said.
When flight attendants urged the man, who was carrying a religious book, to take his seat, he ignored them, Brafman said. Two friends, who were seated, tried to tell the attendants that the man couldn't stop until his prayers were over in about 2 minutes, he said.
I can't differentiate between incidents like this and the infamous 'flying Imams' case. I'm sorry, but if I'm on an airplane, I don't want disturbances like this to occur. If the airline industry kowtows to every bizarre religions or spiritual pre-flight ritual, we'd all be frightened and annoyed. It's completely natural to be put off or frightened by someone off in their own world praying and looking, to say the least, out of the norm. What do you think? Should people be allowed to pray openly on airplanes?