Ok, there is only one side to this story but still…
Nicholas George was…attempting to fly from Philadelphia to Southern California to start up his senior year at Pomona College.
While he was going through the security line at Philadelphia International Airport, TSA agents put him through extra screening, according to his lawsuit, filed by the ACLU.
They asked him to empty his pockets, and he had some English-Arabic flashcards in them, as he’d been learning Arabic for three years and was a Middle-Eastern Studies major. After discovering the flashcards, the TSA agents kept him in the screening area for a half hour.
TSA supervisor: “You know who did 9/11?”
George: “Osama bin Laden.”
TSA supervisor: “Do you know what language he spoke?”
TSA supervisor: “Do you see why these cards are suspicious?”
Nice. It’s that razor sharp logic that we can count on to keep us safe.