ON A WING AND A PRAYER

The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES -

A pas­sen­ger was thrown off an air­craft last week — for dav­en­ing. The man, a strictly Ortho­dox Jew, went to the back of a United Air­lines jet to pray shortly be­fore take-off from New York’s Kennedy Air­port. How­ever, the plane was un­able to take off for San Fran­cisco while the man was un­seated. Three flight at­ten­dants were un­able to per­suade him to in­ter­rupt his ma’ariv prayers — the man’s friends at­tempted to ex­plain to them that, as Mag­nus Mag­nus­son would have put it, once he had started he had to fin­ish.

His prayers were not an­swered, how­ever. By the time he had re­turned to his seat two-and-a-half min­utes later, se­cu­rity had ar­rived and he was ejected from the aero­plane.

He was flown to San Fran­cisco the fol­low­ing morn­ing... af­ter shacharit, of course.

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