Democrat enemedia like CNN (Crescent News Network) panned the flight electronics ban before they knew the reason for it
REVEALED: ISIS bomb-makers create laptop bombs to fool airport security checks
TERRORISTS have developed new ways to plant explosives in electronic devices that can evade airport security screening methods, according to US intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
By Simon Osborne, The Express, Apr 1, 2017:
ISIS and al-Qaeda bomb-makers have learned how to hide explosives in battery compartments while ensuring a laptop would function long enough to get it past screeners.
And although the technology is advanced, FBI testing found the laptops could be turned in to deadly explosive devices using everyday household tools.
There is also intelligence suggesting terrorists have got their hands on airport security equipment so they can carry out their own tests on how to effectively conceal explosives in laptops and other electronic devices.
The intelligence played a big part in the Trump administration’s decision to ban passengers flying out of 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying laptops and other large electronic devices aboard planes.
As always, all air travellers are subject to a robust security system that employs multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen
The FBI has carried out tests which revealed the latest laptop bombs would be far more difficult for airport screeners to detect than previous versions terrorist groups have produced.
A US Department of Homeland Security spokesman told CNN: “As a matter of policy, we do not publicly discuss specific intelligence information. However, evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in electronics.
“The US government continually re-assesses existing intelligence and collects new intelligence. This allows DHS and TSA to constantly evaluate our aviation security processes and policies and make enhancements when they are deemed necessary to keep passengers safe.
“As always, all air travellers are subject to a robust security system that employs multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen.”
US authorities have said the electronics ban is focused on the eight countries in part because of intelligence indicating a greater threat there.
Intelligence and law enforcement assessments done in recent months also indicate that the US has more confidence in detection machines and security screeners at airports in the US and Europe.
Aviation security expert Robert Liscouski told CNN developed countries had a “better policy regime” that allows them to set standards and ensure uniform compliance.
He said: ”We don’t have the same level of confidence in other areas of the world because we don’t have the government bodies and stature to assure compliance.”
The airline restriction, which took effect March 21, bans many electronics from the cabins of planes flying directly to the US from airports in eight countries.
Passengers on those flights must place electronic devices larger than cellphones in their checked luggage.
Intelligence officials say it is more difficult for terrorists to detonate explosives remotely and that placing devices in the cargo bay might reduce damage even if a bomb were to explode.
Britain implemented a similar rule this month for airplanes flying from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
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