US court mulls Arabic flashcards, Pa. airport stop

US court mulls Arabic flashcards, Pa. airport stop

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for a college student handcuffed at Philadelphia International Airport for several hours over Arabic language flashcards asked a U.S. appeals court to uphold his lawsuit against five federal agents.

Nicholas George was “perp walked” — as one judge described it today— after Transportation Security Administration agents saw the words “bomb” and “terrorist” among his flashcards in 2009 and called police.

George is now a 24-year-old Google programmer. His father says George has also worked in the Mideast through a State Department program.

In arguments today, judges noted that airport security stops have different guidelines than drug stops because the public risk is greater if a questionable suspect boards an airplane. Yet they questioned why George was detained for nearly five hours.

The judges didn’t say when they would rule.

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