People, PLEASE!!! Come on!! With all of the horrible things going on in the world, we should be thankful that the one thing we have to bitch about today is the fact that someone interrupted your beauty sleep above the Atlantic.
Let's really look at this:
- BLOCKING RESTROOMS: If they are truly holy people, they will move for the incontinent person screaming as they run for the can. (And, to put it back on them as Avion did above, why can't the incontinents get a prescription before the flight to avoid this sort of thing??)
- SAFETY: Which is more dangerous? Hanging out and chatting in an aisle or near an exit door, or praying briefly and returning to your seat? These people were not constructing temporary temples out of exit doors and oxygen masks. Please...
- PAX COMFORT: Again, if they are truly holy people, they would have politely excused themselves past their rowmates, prayed quietly, and discreetely returned to their seat. I seriously, seriously doubt that people were screaming and wailing at once.
What this is really about is intolerance. If one of you wanted to listen to your Discman and turn it up all the way to the point where the passenger next to you can barely hear it, you'd throw a damned fit if they asked you to turn it down...
I'm disappointed to see that the people who post here -- generally intelligent and open -- are so focused on the comfort of their own personal bubble that they cannot COMPROMISE to allow others to perform moral duties they consider crucia for the comfort of their respective bubbles. I mean, come on... what's the harm in praying? Oh yes, it's discomforting to you. Jesus wept.
This is the root of another Airliners.net topic: Air Rage. Because people are now so hell-bent on living happily and unfettered in their own bubble, and not compromising one little bit for others' comfort, they now see it as being completely logical to pitch a hellacious fit over one more shot of vodka or an inch of legroom.
Finally, for you, TWAneedsHELP, for someone pontificating that extreme religion is dangerous, turn the scope on yourself. In your post, you've pigeonholed eight different groups with the broadest of brushes. You call a prayer on a flight "molestation"? No one as far as I could tell was preaching the gospel or trying to save anyone -- they were practicing their PRIVATE faith. When we try to control PRIVATE actions, you're restricting the very freedom that you say is so precious -- to be exactly what you want to be and nothing else.
Come on, people... be tolerant of others' beliefs and actions, and they will tolerate yours. Otherwise, we're headed for a world of isolation and confrontation.