A Portuguese actor humming a prayer as he meditated to a sacred Tibetan text onboard a plane awaiting takeoff from Paris was mistaken for a terrorist by alarmed passengers and taken off the flight by police.
“Police told me that I had been denounced as a terrorism suspect aboard the plane because I was reciting the Koran aloud, that I was reading a text involving words ‘death’ and ‘bomb’,” the man, Heitor Lourenco, said…
Lourenco, 47, said his text, which he was reading on a tablet device, contained Tibetan characters and the device had the timer on to tell him how long he had meditated, which probably caused associations with a bomb.
If you’re fool enough to consider anything with a timer a potential bomb!
He was released after six hours of questioning during which police watched videos of him on the Internet showing that he is a theater and television actor, and checked his profile on Wikipedia, which states that he is a Buddhist.
Double indemnity. On one hand, we have the Western disease of paranoia afflicting the guilty memories of someone French looking at someone else who might be Algerian. Or a Confederate bigot watching a Black teenager.
On the other hand, the matching affliction of an unsophisticate who can’t differentiate between the sounds of Tibetan vs Arabic or the different alphabetic characters. It’s all foreign-looking. Must be suspicious.