Student sues TSA, saying he was detained for five hours over English-Arabic flashcards – Homeland Security Newswire

A Pomona College student filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that he was abusively interrogated, handcuffed, and detained for five hours at Philadelphia International Airport in August because he carried a set of English-Arabic flashcards as part of his college language studies.

Washington Post’s Spence Hsu writes that Nicholas George, 22, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its Pennsylvania chapter, charged that three Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers, two Philadelphia police officers, and two FBI agents violated his constitutional rights to free speech and freedom from unreasonable seizure.

Representatives of the FBI and TSA said they would not comment on pending litigation.