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Student can't sue TSA agents over Philadelphia airport detention for Arabic flashcard
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A student detained at Philadelphia International airport over his Arabic flashcards can't sue the individual federal agents who held him in custody, an appeals court has ruled.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia reversed a lower court ruling Tuesday, holding that the three Transportation Security Administration agents and two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have qualified immunity in the suit filed by Nicholas George.

George filed suit after he was detained at the Philadelphia airport in August 2009, while he was flying to California to begin his senior year at Pomona College, when agents found Arabic-English flashcards in his backpack. The cards included both common words such as "nice", "sad" and "friendly," and words like "bomb," "terrorist" and "explosion."

Court documents say George, who was double majoring in physics and Middle Eastern studies, was subjected to aggressive questioning, handcuffed and locked in a cell for more than four hours.

Chief Judge Theodore McKee, writing for a three-judge Circuit Court panel, said the law enforcement officials' actions were reasonable, and George can't pursue claims against the individual agents. George's cases against Philadelphia police officers, including the officer who put him handcuffs, and the federal government aren't affected by the ruling.

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Many are saying he should have known better than to have those flashcards with him. Some are saying he should have put them into his checked luggage.

It says middle eastern studies is one of his majors. I don't know, but I'd say it's hard to study flashcards on the trip if they're in the cargo hold. Shrug
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