US court mulls Arabic flashcards, Pa. airport stop

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by MARYCLAIRE DALE

Associated Press

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

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 Friday-- 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 Friday, 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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