For some airports in the Middle East passengers are not allowed to bring electronic devices bigger than smartphones into the cabins. According to some news pages (e.g. this article) this ban should be extended to European airports within the next days.

This article also states that according to the Trump administration

[...] “intelligence” emerged that terrorists favoured “smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items”.

Is there any evidence supporting this statement?

  • The problem is that there are many, many ways to smuggle a bomb on an airplane. If you prevent one, someone will find a new way to smuggle it.
    – gnasher729
    Jun 23, 2022 at 18:45

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Your title and body ask different questions, but in Somalia last year, a bomb disguised as a laptop was used to attack a plane: 'Sophisticated' laptop bomb on Somali plane got through X-ray machine

The explosive device built into a laptop computer that detonated last week on a Somali passenger jet was "sophisticated" and got past X-ray machines at the Mogadishu airport, a source close to the investigation told CNN [...] The device blew a hole in the skin of the Daallo Airlines plane on February 2 but did not down the aircraft, because it detonated 20 minutes into the flight, before it reached cruising altitude.


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