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Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

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.

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