Intelligence gathered that Islamic terrorists might have discovered a way to bypass security checks in airports and nuclear power stations and place bombs in electronic devices. Tightening of security must be observed in all ports to prevent security hacking of extremists.
It was from this information that had led the U.S. and the U.K. to ban laptops and other electronics larger than a cell phone from eight Muslim-majority nations, nine airlines, and 10 airports, according to Travelers Today. However, there are apprehensions that "hacktivists" might try to infiltrate the system or nuclear powers.
Energy Minister, Jesse Norman, told The Daily Telegraph, "The Government is fully committed to defending the UK against cyber threats, with a £1.9 billion investment designed to transform this country's cyber security." He continued to say that the nuclear would find ways to adapt, defend, and recover to potential cyber-extortions.
FBI has experimented how bombs can be integrated into electronic devices and have acknowledged that it would be possible for terrorists to detonate one. The FBI said that they need to be several steps to be ahead of the extremists. Majority of the airports have been told that the ban will only be up to Oct. 14, but the government said it's indefinite.
The affected airlines, according to Travelers Today are: the eight countries included are Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Morocco. The nine airlines affected in the new policy are those of Royal Jordanian, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Kuwait Airways, and Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Muslim-majority nations with US-bound flights—Queen Alia Airport, Cairo Airport, Ataturk Airport, King Abdulaziz Airport, King Khalid International Airport, Kuwait International Airport, Mohammed V International Airport, Doha Airport, Dubai Airport, and Abu Dhabi Airport—should take note of the new law.
Last year, Al Qaeda detonated a bomb on an air flight from Mogadishu to Djibouti.
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