US intelligence and law enforcement agencies believe that terrorists have developed innovative ways to hide explosives in electronic devices like laptops that are capable of bypassing airport security of some airports, as reported by CNN.
Finding by the law enforcement agencies was a major factor in recent ban of carrying electronics larger than smartphone on direct flight from eight different muslim countries. They have found vulnerabilities in screening system of some airports of US and abroad countries.
FBI through a series of tests conducted late last year, found that the laptop bombs would be far more difficult for airport screeners to detect than previous versions terrorist groups have produced. FBI testing was focused on specific models of screening machines that are approved by the Transportation Security Administration and are used in the US and around the world.
Direct flights from Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates were not allowed to carry electronic devices other than smartphones. Similar ban was also undertaken by UK govt for Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Turkey.
Australia has also announced that it will implement additional security checks of flights from Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai which will include targeted screening of electronic device.
Ban on carrying electronic devices came into effect after the discovery of a plot to bring down a plane with explosives hidden in a fake iPad that appeared as good as the real one. Details however was not shared by security agencies about the incident.