Intelligence on terror groups may have prompted laptop ban
U.S. intelligence officials believe terror groups like the Islamic State group have found a way to hide powerful explosives in electronic devices like laptops.
They believe terrorists may also have stolen airport screening devices to learn how to conceal these bombs and possibly place them on commercial flights, undetected.
According to multiple reports, this intelligence played a major part in the U.S. government's decision last month to ban laptops, tablets and other electronic devices from the passenger cabins of planes flying directly to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa.
The restriction, which took effect on March 21, affects flights coming to the U.S. from specific airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Officials require devices from passengers impacted by the restriction to be stored in checked luggage since intelligence suggests it is more difficult for terrorists to detonate bombs remotely.