Ever since 9/11, terrorists have continued to scheme up ways to cause harm and distress to America.
And it’s no secret, one of the major tools terrorists have successfully used to detonate attacks against Americans is the use of commercial airline carriers.
But thanks to the vigilance of the intelligence community, a new airline ban was issued to combat the ever-growing extremist threat to innocent lives.
Not taking any chances, the Department of Homeland Security issued this latest ban which specifically targets eight Middle Eastern counties.
And this ban may just prevent the next terrorist attack on America.
“Senior US officials told reporters that nine airlines from eight countries had been given 96 hours, beginning at 3:00 am (0700 GMT), to ban devices bigger than a cellphone or smartphone from the cabin.
Laptops, tablets and portable game consoles are affected by the ban — which applies to direct flights to the United States — but they may still be stowed in the hold in checked baggage.
Passengers on approximately 50 flights per day from some of the busiest hubs in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa will be obliged to follow the new emergency ruling.
“The restrictions are in place due to evaluated intelligence and we think it’s the right thing to do and the right places to do it to secure the safety of the traveling public,” one US official said.”
Liberals are quick to label this latest ban as “profiling”, but US officials have reason to believe the ban is necessary.
Instead of waiting to act, The Department of Homeland Security is being proactive, and acting swiftly to enact this new ban.
And since airports have been given only 96 hours to enact and fully comply, this will have a major impact on upcoming travel from these countries.
The new ban, which is set indefinitely, has no end date in sight.
When critics asked “why now”, the Department Of Homeland Security issued a fact sheet which stated:
“Although the U.S. has instituted robust aviation security measures since 9/11, our information indicates that terrorist groups’ efforts to execute an attack against the aviation sector are intensifying given that aviation attacks provide an opportunity to cause mass casualties and inflict significant economic damage, as well as generate overwhelming media coverage.
We note that disseminated propaganda from various terrorist groups is encouraging attacks on aviation, to include tactics to circumvent aviation security. Terrorist propaganda has highlighted the attacks against aircraft in Egypt with a soda can packed with explosives in October 2015, and in Somalia using an explosives-laden laptop in February 2016.
Terrorists have historically tried to hide explosives in shoes in 2001, use liquid explosives in 2006, and conceal explosives in printers in 2010 and suicide devices in underwear in 2009 and 2012. Within the last year, we have also seen attacks conducted at airports to include in Brussels and Istanbul.”
DHS also stated they reserve the right to add more countries to this list if possible.
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