PILOTS on an Alaska Airlines flight locked down the cockpit and alerted authorities after three passengers conducted an Orthodox Jewish prayer ritual during their Los Angeles-bound flight.
Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said the crew became alarmed after the men began the ritual, which involves tying leather straps and small wooden boxes to the body.
FBI and customs agents, along with police and fire crews, met the plane.
Airport police said two or three men were escorted off the plane, questioned by the FBI and released. No arrests were made.