Flying with a Foreign Language


College student Nick George was handcuffed, interrogated, and jailed for hours at the airport when he tried to bring English-Arabic flash cards on the plane to study on his flight back to school.  Now he is an ACLU plaintiff.

“First she asked me about how I felt about 911. . . . I thought it was a bad thing, I thought it was a terrible thing.  She asked me if I knew who did it, and I said, ‘Osama Bin Laden.’  Then she got this sneer on her face, like she caught me in a trap or something, and it’s ‘Yeah, you know, what language Osama Bin Laden spoke?’  And I noticed there was a police officer behind me, instructing me to put my hands behind my back.  I did so, and he put me in handcuffs and started to lead me away.” — Nick George

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