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Pray caused delay. A Uganda-bound Norwegian academic missed his plane due to fulfilling religious duties. Norway Business School (BI) professor Øystein Noreng was on his way to Oslo airport last month when the taxi he was in pulled on to the hard shoulder of the E6 motorway.  Taking out his prayer mat and putting on his so-termed prayer cap, the male driver then rolled the rug out in front of the vehicle and began praying, tabloid VG reports the professor as saying.

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Pray caused delay

Published on Thursday, 14th February, 2013 at 08:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

A Uganda-bound Norwegian academic missed his plane due to fulfilling religious duties.

Oslo Gardermoen International Departures
Oslo Gardermoen International Departures
Photo: Knut Bry/Oslo Lufthavn AS


Norway Business School (BI) professor Øystein Noreng was on his way to Oslo airport last month when the taxi he was in pulled on to the hard shoulder of the E6 motorway. 

Taking out his prayer mat and putting on his so-termed prayer cap, the male driver then rolled the rug out in front of the vehicle and began praying, tabloid VG reports the professor as saying.

“I carried out my duty as a Muslim to Allah. The man said he had to be at the airport before 7:20am,” recounted the Somali taxi driver.

“I said he could take another taxi since I had to perform my prayer before sunrise, and therefore prior to arriving at Gardermoen. I said we’d get there before 7:20, which [he said] was good enough for him. We arrived at 7:11. Praying took no more than four or five minutes,” he added.

“I was completely speechless”, said professor Noreng, “it was just like in a film,” he declared, explaining check-in had closed by the time he reached the counter with his business class ticket.

The professor, who claimed the driver’s prayer ritual took 10 minutes, then explained he took another flight instead.

According to him, he arrived six hours later than originally planned.



Published on Thursday, 14th February, 2013 at 08:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: osloairport, flightdelays, prayerritual.





  
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