US electronics ban was prompted by Israeli tip-off about Isis laptop bombs

'Israel informed US about Daesh plans to use laptops as bombs on flights'

The ban means laptops can only be taken on board in hold luggage (Stock image)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The United States' 'laptop ban' was prompted by warnings from Israel about Isis plans to use portable devices as bombs to blow up aircraft.

Anonymous US officials cited by the New York Times said that during an Israeli operation in Syria, it was found that extremists were planning and creating laptop battery bombs.

The bombs were being created so that they could bypass scanners at airport security.

Sources claim that the United States was given exact details about how these bombs could be detonated.

It is said that it was this information that informed the US decision to ban all devices larger than a mobile phone in hand luggage on direct flights from some Middle Eastern countries.

The ban affects flights from Kuwait, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Reports also claim that intelligence from Israel was part of information given by Donald Trump to Russia.