A former bomb disposal officer has told talkRADIO the Government's electronics flight ban is motivated by "what's not being done overseas."
The Prime Minister's office confirmed today a ban on passengers bringing large electronics devices on UK-inbound flights from six countries across the Middle East and North Africa would come into effect over the next few days.
The six countries in question are Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Jordan, with several airlines operating to and from these countries affected.
Major Chris Hunter, a former bomb disposal officer who served in Iraq, said the ban was designed to frustrate terror efforts and to cover security on flights to the UK which could be jeopardised by security lapses overseas.
He said: "It’s quite important for the terrorists to be able to detonate an explosive in a time and place of their choosing. It’s very difficult to do this if it is in the hold.
"The main reasons are there is a threat emanating from those countries who have capability with laptops.
"It’s [the ban] not about what we’re doing in UK airports; it’s about what not being done overseas.
"The list that’s been issued – there are a number of reasons for those countries, like not sharing passenger lists with the UK, things like Isis and Al-Qaeda having a footprint in those countries, and groups developing their capabilities over the last several years."