IPad responsible for United States and UK laptop ban

Mar 29, 2017, 01:13

According to the, the unearthing of the plot generated concern among intelligence officials, as a bomb set off in the cabin could do much greater damage than one in the cargo hold, with the terrorist able to position the explosive near an exit door or a window.

As The Guardian reports, citing a security source, both bans were not a direct result of a single specific incident, but a combination of several factors.

When the USA announced the ban of large electronics including tablets and laptops from certain flights, some people believed the measure was simply a result of Trump's unhappiness with the response to his travel bans.

The report, which offers no other details about the iPad plot, sheds light on the measure that allows laptops and tablets in checked luggage, but not in carry-on luggage, which is the opposite of what some airlines normally demand. Last year, a flight in Somalia was forced to make an emergency landing after a suicide bomber managed to blow a hole in the side of the aircraft using what is believed to have been an explosives-rigged laptop.

The British security rules apply to flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. By contrast, the ban came into effect on Saturday, March 25 in the United Kingdom, in which tablets, laptops, game consoles were barred from entering airliners.

A similar ban was also enforced in the U.S., targeting eight airports in 10 countries. So far, it appears only the United States and the UK are putting such a ban into effect, although The Guardian reports France is flirting with the idea as well. Also the Dutch and Australian governments stated that they were monitoring the situation but had no plans for a ban at the moment.

The electronics restrictions kicked in Saturday, barring electronics larger than a phone inside the cabin on flights to the U.S. and UK from airports in Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

This isn't the first time for electronics to be banned on airlines. Thoughts? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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