Buddhist actor mistaken for terrorist on Paris plane

The actor poses for a photo on Twitter. Credit: @heitaslourenco

A Buddhist was mistaken for a terrorist as he meditated to a sacred Tibetan text aboard a Paris plane.

Alarmed passengers notified staff and Portuguese actor Heitor Lourenco, 47, found himself under arrest.

Lourenco told SIC television, “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'”.

In reality, the text contained Tibetan characters and a timer to calculate meditation time. Lourenco accessed it via his tablet device.

Police detained Lourenco for six hours before uncovering his acting credentials. Officers confirmed his Buddhist beliefs via Wikipedia.