Laptop bombs a question of when, not if – UN official

The head of the UN’s counter-terrorism committee has warned it is a question of “when, not if” terrorists use laptops to smuggle bombs on to planes.

Jean-Paul Laborde spoke to reporters after officials decided not to ban laptops from aircraft cabins on flights to the US from EU countries.

Such a ban currently applies to flights from eight other countries.

Mr Laborde also said Islamic State (IS) fighters returning to Europe would be “more dangerous” than previous waves.

  • BillyHW

    Is there any Western invention that Muslim ingenuity can’t turn into a bomb?

    • GrimmCreeper

      Hygiene products.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Stewart Airport in New York state years ago required people to turn their device on. Seems like a practical if annoying solution.

    • Clink9

      I think the new technology allows the laptop to turn on for a short time.

    • Frances

      Used to happen at other airports as well – really worrisome if laptop battery rather run down. I remember suggesting they have a table with plugs for just this reason.

  • Raymond Cameron

    Don’t worry! It’s not a laptop. it’s a clock.