US Flight Diverted to PHL After Bomb Scare

 
Old Jan 21, 10, 8:13 am
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US Flight Diverted to PHL After Bomb Scare

Just saw this as a break-in on one of the local channels. This article doesn't say that it's US but from the live footage they had, it was definitely a US plane, and appeared to be a CRJ of some type.

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Old Jan 21, 10, 8:28 am
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It's US 3079 LGA-SDF, an ERJ-145.
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Old Jan 21, 10, 8:35 am
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I'm streaming Fox Philly. One of the guys spoke to someone from the Philly police and it's believed that the passenger is an Orthodox Jew wearing a phylactery (?) and was praying. Possible cultural mistake.
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Originally Posted by bitburgr View Post
I'm streaming Fox Philly. One of the guys spoke to someone from the Philly police and it's believed that the passenger is an Orthodox Jew wearing a phylactery (?) and was praying. Possible cultural mistake.
From here.

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Sources tell CBS 3 a US Air flight 3079 from LaGuardia to Louisville was diverted to Philly after a Jewish male removed a "tefillin" for prayer purposes after takeoff. The removal of the "religious item" prompted a bomb scare aboard the plane.
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Old Jan 21, 10, 10:01 am
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I can't believe that FA's are not trained on what is a REAL threat and what isn't. From the cbs3 report, it sounded like he explained them very politely that he uses them every morning when he prays and its made out of leather. I think they focus the threats on the wrong things
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Old Jan 21, 10, 10:03 am
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What a bunch of chickens. Where will all this insanity end. According to our local news he attempted to explain this. Another diversion for no reason
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Old Jan 21, 10, 10:10 am
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From the story: No charges have been filed and Chief Inspector Sullivan praised the work of the agencies involved. "Our emergency response plan worked perfectly," he said.


Diverting a plane because a Jew was praying with his tefillin = "Our emergency response plan worked perfectly" ?????
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Old Jan 21, 10, 10:31 am
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At 30,000 feet, who has access to Wikipedia? If nobody on the plane knew what a tefillin was, then in today's hypersensitive environment this may be understandable. If he was praying loudly and rocking back and forth, some uninformed types might believe he was preparing to engage in a heinous act.

It is unfortunate that this happened, but total cultural sensitivity today is more of a utopian idea than reality.

The only one who wins here are the lawyers who will come running to the trough when they smell lawsuit.
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Old Jan 21, 10, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by Jgish View Post
At 30,000 feet, who has access to Wikipedia? If nobody on the plane knew what a tefillin was, then in today's hypersensitive environment this may be understandable.

The passenger knew what it was! Why didn't the FA ask the passenger before freaking out?

If the FA thought it could be a bomb, how would diverting the plane to PHL save the plane from being blown up anyway? Her best shot at preventing the tragedy was to confront the possible bomber, not to run to the cockpit and hide.
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Old Jan 21, 10, 10:42 am
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Old Jan 21, 10, 10:46 am
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how stupid can people get. the flight was going to LGA. Things are getting over the top. This should have never happened. STUPID
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Old Jan 21, 10, 10:53 am
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The flight crew should be put under scrutiny here. If they thought that a passenger might have a bomb, why did they ignore the passenger and try to to land the plane? A real bomber surely would have tried to blow up the plane before the plane landed.

FA's tell us all the time that their primary role is to keep passengers safe. Did the flight crew follow proper procedure here?
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Old Jan 21, 10, 10:53 am
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Wow. I'm speechless. Now tefillin is cause for concern?

When will it end???
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Old Jan 21, 10, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by tommyleo View Post
The passenger knew what it was! Why didn't the FA ask the passenger before freaking out?
I actually think this was the right move from what I've read so far. If none of the crew knew what it was, it's better to not take a chance IMO. You can't possibly think that asking the pax is a reasonable option, do you? Do you think they would readily admit they were attempting to do something negative? That's like asking someone who committed a crime if they did it, IMO.
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Old Jan 21, 10, 11:14 am
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Originally Posted by tommyleo View Post
The passenger knew what it was! Why didn't the FA ask the passenger before freaking out?
Ok, I'll rephrase that: the devout pax wearing it knew. Unfortunately, everyone else onboard is thinking terrorist profile and other bad things. If nobody believed him that it was innocent (as it indeed is), where are you then?

Rediculous, yes. Unfortunate, yes.
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