In late March U.S. intelligence sources announced that terrorist organizations have found a novel and deadly way to smuggle explosives onto airplanes utilizing everyday laptops. Though officials declined to provide additional details, some believe that the intelligence highlighting the new threat was the result of President Trump’s raid on an Al Queda compound in Yemen that left at least 14 Al Queda fighters. Navy SEAL Ryan Owens was also killed in the raid. The President called it a “winning mission,” and officials said the mission’s stated purpose, to gather information, had been accomplished.
If the information they deemed from the raid as revealed by U.S. intelligence sources to CNN is accurate, then travelling on airlines is about to get a lot more difficult for most modern-day passengers, who often carry electronic devices like phones, tablets and laptops when on the go.
Such devices have already been banned on all flights originating from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia and now British Intelligence sources have said they are bracing for more widespread implementation that could ban the devices on every flight leaving Europe for the United States, including those originating from major airline hubs in London.
Source: The Sun UK
Passengers flying from Britain to the US face a ban on carrying laptops in aircraft cabins, The Times has learnt.
Under the restrictions, devices larger than a mobile phone — including laptops, tablets and e-readers — must be checked in and stored in the hold. The ban has worried passengers that the gadgets may be damaged. It can also be difficult to obtain insurance for items in the hold. British security chiefs have been put on alert that the US is planning to impose its laptop ban on incoming flights from some parts of Europe…
Full report: The Times
A CNN report from March explains how the new ban from middle east countries and Africa works. Similar restrictions are likely to be placed on passengers in Europe:
Though the official story is certainly plausible, as terrorist organizations are always innovating and creating new ways to kill as many people as possible, Mid east airlines immediately mocked the ban:
A short video from Bloomberg even suggests that Trump’s decision was based on protectionist policies designed to inflict financial pain on airlines operating out of the middle east:
According to The Sun, the new ban may be in place in as little as three weeks and would likely affect all travelers to the United States, including American citizens vacationing in Europe.