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“The flight crew may be a little more gun-shy about approaching people, they may have a higher standard for the next few weeks for screening unusual behavior. I hope that’s not the case, because I do think US Airways did the proper thing.”

Andrea Rader, spokeswoman for US Airways, said its employees “are going to do what is appropriate” to ensure that airplanes are safe and will not be dissuaded by uproar over last week’s incident.

“I don’t think people will be less vigilant as a result of this, and I think that’s appropriate. There is a balance, and I think we will continue to achieve that. Our crews and people on the airplanes are going to watch for behavior that raises concerns.”

Many airports offer private rooms for prayer, but CAIR’s Miss Ahmed said travelers required to arrive at airports two hours in advance to go through security inspections are too exhausted and must pray at the gate.

“It’s convenient to check in then get to the gate and pray there,” she said.