The bomb-hiding laptops can be successfully "turned on long enough" to avoid suspicion at airports, as reported by CNN in a TV segment.
This could be the primary reason why the US recently placed bans on the use or carry-on of electronics larger than a smartphone on direct flights from eight Muslim-majority countries.
Intelligence agencies declined to comment on the report's specifics to CNN, which claims that terrorist groups have obtained their own airport security devices in an attempt to create explosives that would go unnoticed in some screenings in the United States and abroad.
The FBI had been able to determine through series of test last year that the laptop bombs are far more difficult to be detected on screens of airport than the previous the versions that the terrorist groups have produced previously. FBI focused their testing on the specific models of screening machines that are approved by the Transportation Security Administration and are used in the US and around the world.
Major countries have took to tightening their securities in airports due to this, some even banning flights from Arabic towns. Australia has announced that it will implement additional security checks for passengers traveling from Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which may include "targeted screening of electronic device."
In the US, direct inbound flights from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates has been banned. Following suit, the UK has instituted a ban on flights from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Turkey.
To treat the inconveniences this might cause any passenger, some airlines offer them free iPads during travel
The Guardian carried reports that the heightened flight security was "partly prompted by a previously undisclosed plot involving explosives hidden in a fake iPad." Banned items (laptops, tablets, e-readers, and so on) must be stored in checked luggage, where it can be harder to trigger explosives from the cabin and potentially less catastrophic if a detonation were to occur.
By Danson Bassey
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