The United States has placed a ban on electronics bigger than a cell phone from being carried on board flights – with the UK following suit and placing their own ban yesterday. Officials explain that these bans come from credible intelligence sources that specify threats from bombs placed in electronics.
The raid that killed Ryan Owens was the same raid that managed to capture a lot of intelligence on possible future terrorist attacks. The intelligence states that al Qaeda has been able to successfully develop bombs that fit inside laptops and tablets, along with other devices.
Those bombs would need to manually be triggered, which is why those items are no longer allowed to be carried onto a plane.
The Daily Mail reports:
The ban of carry-on electronics on flights was prompted by intelligence gathered about an ISIS plot to target the West, it has been reported.
The threat was judged by the US to be ‘substantiated’ and ‘credible’.
The US and UK announced restrictions on large electronics in carry-on baggage for direct flights from certain Middle Eastern and North African nations on Tuesday.
The move is allegedly based on the suspicion that Islamic State are working on ways to smuggle explosives on to planes by hiding them in electronics.
Crucial information was apparently gathered during a raid against Al Qaeda in Yemen in January that killed Navy SEAL ‘Ryan’ Owens.
The intelligence centred around al Qaeda’s ‘successful development’ of compact battery bombs that fit inside laptops or other devices, sources claimed.
The battery bombs would need to be manually triggered which is why the electronics ban is only for cabin luggage not baggage that is checked in, a source told the Daily Beast.
Al Qaeda’s head bomb maker in the Arabian Peninsula, Ibrahim al-Asiri, has been working on hiding bombs in even smaller devices, the source added.
Lithium batteries ignited and destroyed UPS Flight 6 in September 2010, killing two crew members when it crashed near Dubai – providing inspiration for the terrorist group.
The tip-off was deemed to be ‘substantiated’ and ‘credible’ by the US.
Two attacks on flights in the last two years were cited by the US Department of Homeland Security – the crash of a Russian jet over the Egyptian Sinai in October 2015 and a failed attempt to bring down a jet that had taken off from Mogadishu, Somalia last year.