ADL calls to educate flight crew on Jewish religious practices

On Sunday Alaska Airlines flight attendants issued a security alert after Jewish Mexican men started praying with Tefillin on board the plane.

Tefillin ..Photo by: Itzik Ben-Malki

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged Tuesday to better educate airline personnel about Jewish religious practices after and incident in which flight attendants issued a security alert when three Mexican Jews began praying with Tefillin.

Flight attendants aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 241 from Mexico City to Los Angeles issued a security alert on Sunday after three Orthodox Jewish passengers began praying with Tefillin.

Following the alert the place was met at LAX by fire crews, foam trucks, FBI agents, and police.

“In today’s atmosphere of heightened security concern, it is understandable that passengers might be alarmed upon noticing fellow travelers bearing unfamiliar or seemingly strange objects,” said Deborah M. Lauter, ADL Civil Rights Director. “The incident aboard Alaska Airways Flight 241 is a reminder that many people, including airline personnel, are unfamiliar with religious ritual items and practices.”

The ADL has offered to assist with training programs for the flight crew.


What about the following….. ya’think the ADL gives a damn about this incident?

Muslim woman vs. airline

Muslim woman removed from US flight because of headscarf wants crew disciplined


A Muslim woman from San Diego wants a Southwest Airlines crew disciplined for removing her from a flight for wearing a headscarf.

Irum Abassi says Wednesday she was forced off a San Jose-bound flight in San Diego on Sunday because a flight attendant found her to be suspicious.

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  2. Redpossum said,

    March 17, 2011 at 17:12

    Ugh, how embarrassing. Why did this have to happen in my city? 😦

    I will never feel the same about SouthWest Airlines again.

  3. James said,

    March 17, 2011 at 17:15

    Considering the scores of Israeli agents arrested in the USA in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, maybe LAX can be excused for their reaction. Having said that, where is the ADL when TSA routinely handles the genitals of children?

  4. S. Baxxerzy said,

    March 17, 2011 at 18:18

    In San Francisco only the Jewish calendar, of all religions, is used to set public meetings. Support the USS Liberty.

  5. mark from kentucky said,

    March 17, 2011 at 18:30

    I think the question about the Muslim woman is absurd.
    Of course the ADL and Foxman don’t care about goy are you kidding!

  6. Rick @ NMC said,

    March 18, 2011 at 00:53

    “Muslim woman vs. airline”.

    This one just blows my mind. People have become so freakin’ paranoid about folks who wear gown like clothing and cover their faces and heads. These people are human beings first and foremost. The media has succeeded in demonizing Muslims to the point that most would be “Christians” consider Muslims terrorists.

    People come at me all the time with Muslim criticisms and wise cracks and in many cases I have to bite my tongue. My tongue biting days are wearing thin and if “they” wish to call me a terrorist then so be it. I will support Muslims and their struggle to be free human beings and to especially be left alone by Israel.

    If we want to get along in society we first have to realize that we are all different in one form or another and we can only get along if we will choose to tolerate these differences instead of using them a wedge between us.

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