Tefillin, Travel and 2010

A US plane was diverted for an early landing, after a passenger put on tefillin as part of davening, as described here.  According to the article, the stewardess had told the pilot that the passenger was wearing an instrument with “wires running from it and going up to his fingers.”

Although it’s obviously no joking matter, and is an unfortunate biproduct of  major anxiety, it’s different from the story set in a hospital where a patient is eyeing another one in the ward – “one day in hospital and he’s already taking his own blood pressure!” .. and rare cases of tefillin related contact dermatitis, due to potassium dichromate in the leather of tefillin straps.

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