TSA Detains Student for Arabic Study Cards; Asked By Agent ‘Do You Know Who Did 9/11?’

Arabic Study CardsRAW Story is reporting today the ACLU is filing a lawsuit on behalf of the student. Here’s the original report from Dave Davies in the Philadelphia Daily News:

EIGHT YEARS after 9/11, we’re used to changes in our routines. We show ID to get into office buildings, and take off our shoes at airports. But should a college student flying back to school be handcuffed and held for five hours because he has Arabic flash cards in his backpack?

That’s the way Nick George, a senior at Pomona College, in California, sees what happened to him at the Philadelphia airport two Saturdays ago. George, of Wyncote, Montgomery County, was about to catch a Southwest flight back to school when stereo speakers in his backpack caught the eye of screeners at the metal detector.

When they looked though his bag, George said, they found his Arabic/English flash cards, and escorted him to a side screening area. He figures it didn’t help that his passport had stamps from Jordan, where he’d studied a semester, and Egypt and Sudan, where he’d gone backpacking.

And among his 200 flash cards were words like “terrorist” and “explosion.” He was learning to translate the Arabic-language news network Al Jazeera.

Read More: RAW Story and Philadelphia Daily News

, , , , , ,

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    do you think the tsa has like an injury board but instead of saying like 27 days since last workplace injury it says like
    0 days since looking like total jackasses

  • rfw888

    my favorite way to smuggle drugs is on an airplane, cuz the tsa couldn't find their asses with a map.

  • http://www.aadvancedcom.com/systems.html Nortel Phone Systems

    This is truly unfair for the one why should all suffer.

  • http://www.aadvancedcom.com/systems.html Nortel Phone Systems

    This is truly unfair for the one why should all suffer.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Man…with the TSA…you can look to the past, or look to the future, but as far as the eye can see there is nothing but rabid asshattery in every direction.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Man…with the TSA…you can look to the past, or look to the future, but as far as the eye can see there is nothing but rabid asshattery in every direction.

21