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BREAKING: N.Y. Plane Grounded Due to Tefillin Scare

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This West Bank settler is wearing tefillin, not a bomb.(Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

A U.S. Air flight headed from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to Louisville, Kentucky, was diverted to Philadelphia, evacuated, and quarantined after a teenaged man on the flight wrapping himself in tefillin—the traditional Jewish phylactery—was mistaken for a teenaged man on the flight wrapping himself in something that could blow the plane up. Reportedly, a female flight attendant had never seen tefillin before (maybe she skipped that day of Hebrew School?). Flights at the relevant airports are unaffected—or so they say.

UPDATE: A new report says one man was taken into custody.

Plane Quarantined After Being Diverted to Philadelphia [Fox]
‘Religious Device’ Prompts Diversion of Flight to Philadelphia International Airport [CBS 3]

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