How long until the media turns this into a racist ban on electronic devices?
A senior official from the Trump administration announced that laptops and iPads are being banned from flights incoming from airports overseas. Essentially anything over the size of a smartphone is being restricted.
The 10 airports specifically cited are located primarily in the Middle East – including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Via NBC News:
The United States is giving nine airlines until Saturday morning to make sure that passengers on flights from 10 overseas airports aren’t carrying any electronic devices larger than smartphones with them.
A senior Trump administration official said the airlines are being given 96 hours to fully implement the rules, starting 3 a.m. ET Tuesday, because “evaluated intelligence indicates that terror groups continue to target aviation, to include smuggling explosives in electronic devices.”
Officials wouldn’t say how long the restrictions will be in place.
The U.K followed suit, issuing a similar ban on electronic devices, a move that officials there said was “necessary, effective and proportionate.”
When it was “Trump ban” everyone made fun. Now people are going:
“Oh shit this is a thing”… https://t.co/pbraX8kR9K
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) March 21, 2017
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Well, would you look at that liberals – there really is an actual threat coming from countries in the Middle East.
Intelligence officials told ABC News that they had “intelligence obtained earlier this year indicating that ISIS associates were working on smuggling explosives-laden electronics onto U.S.-bound flights.”
They have defined the threat as “substantiated” and “credible.”
Where did they get the information from? Remember that raid in Yemen that took the life of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens? The raid the liberal media was trying to say led to no significant intelligence gains?
Via the Daily Beast:
Three intelligence sources told The Daily Beast that the ban on carry-on electronics aboard U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East was the result of information seized during a U.S. raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen in January. The United Kingdom joined the U.S. ban Tuesday.
Information from the raid shows al Qaeda’s successful development of compact, battery bombs that fit inside laptops or other devices believed to be strong enough to bring down an aircraft, the sources said. The battery bombs would need to be manually triggered, a source explained, which is why the electronics ban is only for the aircraft cabin not checked luggage.
During President Trump’s speech to Congress earlier this year, William “Ryan” Owens and his widow received a standing ovation.
“Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our Nation,” Trump said. “I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.’”
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