Meditating in his seat before plane takes off — removed as terrorist suspect

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.

3 thoughts on “Meditating in his seat before plane takes off — removed as terrorist suspect

      • ...is this seat taken? says:

        The odds might also be reduced by the ascendance of a theocratic quasi-state who’s adherents, as part of their embrace of eschatology and apocalyptiism, have not only demonstrated a nihilistic worldview and loathing for western modernity but also a penchant for martyrdom as a means of creating a utopian global political order in which all humankind will live under their rule as either believers or subject communities.

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