New terrorist electronic explosives may pass airport security, CNN
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 15:27
Terrorist groups such as the Islamic State group and al Qaeda have reportedly developed innovative ways to hide explosives in electronic devices that could bypass airport security.
It prohibits travelers flying out of 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying laptps and iPads in their carry-on luggage.
Britain is joining the USA effort to tighten security on commercial airliners from some Middle Eastern and North African countries over a potent...
A series of tests carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation late a year ago, showed these laptop bombs to be far more hard to detect by airport screeners than previous bombs produced by terrorist groups.
The airport-scanning technology used to inspect carry-on bags in the U.S.is almost 10 years old. A USA raid in Yemen in January that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens provided some supporting intelligence, but that was not what triggered the ban.
Earlier this month, the US government banned laptops and other large electronic devices, including iPads and cameras, from the passenger cabin on flights to the United States from 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. This allows DHS and TSA to constantly evaluate our aviation security processes and policies and make enhancements to keep passengers safe.
'As always, all air travelers are subject to a robust security system that employs multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen'.
The restriction, which went into effect March 21, bans many electronics from the cabins of planes flying on direct routes to the United States. Intelligence officials also suggest that terrorists have stolen airport screening devices to learn how to hide these bombs, finding ways to place them on commercial airliners undetected.
Intelligence officials received a wake-up call in February 2016, when an operative from al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate in Somali, detonated a laptop bomb on a Daallo Airlines flight from Mogadishu to Djibouti. The plane had not reached cruising height and the pilots brought it down without casualties.
Officials have said there was credible and specific intelligence ISIS would try to attack aviation assets.
"The group with the greatest level of bomb-making expertise is al-Qaida in Yemen". And a hint from a top U.S. Commander about why the accelerated effort on the ground in Syria against the group. Bomb-makers continue to modify devices to get around enhanced screening.