Meditating Portuguese actor mistaken for terrorist on Paris plane, taken off flight

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.

Reuters| Updated: Jul 03, 2015, 00:15 AM IST

Lisbon: 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 in remarks aired by SIC television on Thursday.

The incident occurred on Tuesday.

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.

He was released after six hours of questioning during which police watched videos of him on the Internet showing that he is a theatre and television actor, and checked his profile on Wikipedia, which states that he is a Buddhist.