"iPad bomb plot could be to blame for latest travel ban"
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iPad bomb plot could be to blame for latest travel ban
A fake iPad may have been to blame in the latest airport ban, or at least be one of the culprits.
On March 20th, the US Department of Homeland Security announced a new ban prohibiting electronics larger than a phone inside of the cabin of plane on flights from several Middle Eastern countries and North Africa en route to the US.
The UK announced a similar ban the day after.
But up until now, neither government had given specifics about why the ban had been set in place.
A recent report in The Guardian now revealed an alleged plot to smuggle explosives disguised as a tablet on a flight, in this case, an iPad.
Terrorists have hidden explosives in their underwear, shoes, and water bottles in previous attempts and attacks, but it seems that the focus in recent years has been on technology US officials have been investigating how terrorists can disguise explosives as consumer electronics since the 2016 laptop bombing on a flight out of Somalia that blew a hole inside of an airplane.
The ban went into effect on Saturday but it's unclear how long it will be in place and whether or not it will affect other countries.
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