updated 2/10/2010 4:08:23 PM ET 2010-02-10T21:08:23

A college student handcuffed at Philadelphia International Airport and questioned about his study materials for his Arabic language class is suing FBI agents, police officers and others.

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Twenty-two-year-old Nick George says he was held for about four hours in August and missed his flight back to school in California. He says it's even more alarming that his checked luggage made it onboard.

George is a senior physics major at Pomona College. He studies Arabic and has traveled to the Mideast and North Africa. He says he was detained even after it was clear he posed no safety threat.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday.

Defendants also include three Transportation Security Administration officers.

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