Nicholas George can't sue TSA agents over Arabic flashcards detention

(WJLA) - A college student who was detained, handcuffed and questioned for hours by the TSA over his possession of Arabic flashcards cannot sue the agents who interrogated him, a judge ruled earlier this week. reports that Nicholas George, a California student studying Middle Eastern affairs, was stopped at Philadelphia International Airport in August of 2009 over his possesion of the Arabic-to-English flashcards. He was detained in a cell for hours before being released.

A panel of federal judges, though, ruled that the officers' actions were reasonable.

"Basic common sense would allow those officials to take reasonable and minimally intrusive steps to inquire into the potential passenger's motivations," the judges wrote in their ruling, says.