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?


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

  • If an explosion happens in cargo, inside special blast resistant enclosures it would require a large amount of explosives to damage the plane. An explosion in the pressurised cabin on the other hand would only need a small amount of explosives. A laptop battery sized high explosive for example. Furthermore, laptops and phones may be used to damage avionics, or communicate with items in cargo, or elsewhere. All in all, better safe than sorry.
    – Richard
    May 11 '17 at 0:16
  • I blame this entirely on free thinking cartoonists xkcd.com/651 also if the device is in cargo it would have to be more complicated, since the human operator doesn't have physical access.
    – daniel
    May 11 '17 at 6:02
  • Wouldn't it just need a remote trigger if the laptop is in the cargo section of the plane? You know, the sort of thing movie terrorists have been setting off with cell phones since cell phones were invented?
    – Steve-O
    May 11 '17 at 17:41
  • @Richard: Is air cargo or checked luggage routinely carried in "special blast resistant enclosures"? That would be news to me. Citation needed. Mar 3 '18 at 22:20
  • @NateEldredge - Blast-resistant enclosures have definitely been used for aircraft luggage/freight, but I have no idea how common they are, now or in the past. Mar 3 '18 at 22:52

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