A tefillin-wrapping.(Israeltripsandother/Flickr)

Yesterday, on an Alaska Airlines flight from Mexico City to Los Angeles, three Jewish men wrapping themselves with tefillin prompted the pilots to lock down the cabin and alert authorities at LAX, who met the men for questioning afterward. Turns out plain wood leather boxes connected with wrapping are innocuous prayer paraphernalia, and not a way for Orthodox Jews to bomb an Alaska Airlines flight as payback for inflicting Sarah Palin on the world in an extremely indirect manner.

Folks will remember this all happened last year in Philadelphia, too.

U.S. Pilots Trigger ‘Terror’ Alert over Orthodox Jews’ Tefillin Ritual [AP/Haaretz]
Earlier: After Tefillin Scare, A Need for Education