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US, UK Onboard Electronic Devices Ban Partly Triggered by Foiled Terror Attack

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The ban on taking laptops and tablets to the cabins of UK- and US-bound planes was partly introduced due to a foiled terror attack, UK media reported Sunday citing a security source.

A Libyan traveller packs his laptop in his suitcase before boarding his flight for London at Tunis-Carthage International Airport on March 25, 2017 - Sputnik International
Alleged iPad Terror Plot Prompts US and UK to Ban Computers From Airplanes
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Tuesday, the United States and the United Kingdom announced introduction of a ban on taking electronic devices in cabins of planes, flying to the two countries from some Middle East and North African states, including Turkey. The ban entered into effect on Saturday and applies to all devices bigger than a cell phone.

The source told The Guardian newspaper that a failed attempt to down a plane by means of a replica of an iPad tablet, packed with explosives, was among the combination of factors which stipulated the ban.

According to the newspaper any details on the incident, including its date and place are kept secret.

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