A Portuguese actor says he was detained on suspicion of terrorism after meditating and chanting Buddhist texts aboard a plane at Paris Orly airport.

Heitor Lourenco, 47, says he was reciting texts in Tibetan from his smartphone screen on the Lisbon-bound Transavia plane when police ordered everybody off the plane and led him away for questioning.

He said they told him a neighboring passenger thought he was reading aloud from the Quran and that the texts included the words "death" and "bombs."

Airline spokeswoman Delphine Sacleux confirmed the cabin crew had been alerted of Lourenco's "suspicious attitude in prayer."

She said the crew followed standard procedures "given the current climate."

Police then intervened and determined that there was no problem.