The use of extremists in the aircraft explosive devices disguised in laptops and tablets, is actually inevitable and it is only a matter of time believe in anti-terrorist Committee of the United Nations (UN), reports BBC.
“The question should be put – if it don’t happen, and when it will happen”, – said the Executive Director of the anti-terrorism Committee of the United Nations Jean-Paul Laborde.
The announcement came after the US government and the EU decided to prohibit the carriage in hand Luggage laptops and tablets on flights from Europe to the USA, because of the threat of terrorist attacks.
Earlier, the US and Britain have imposed a ban on the transportation of laptops and tablets in hand Luggage on Board aircraft from several countries in the Middle East and North Africa with predominantly Muslim populations.
According to Laborde, the threat of the bombings on European flights is very serious.
The head of the antiterrorist Committee of the UN explained that the big danger for European countries are militants extremist group “Islamic state”, returning to Europe from Syria and Iraq.
ISIS losing ground in Syria and Iraq, thereby increasing the number of militants (mostly immigrants from European countries), returning to their country. According to Laborde, they are more dangerous than those who organized the attack earlier.
“In General, these people are much more decisive, they are more experienced and better trained,” said Jean-Paul Laborde.
In late March, the U.S. government imposed a ban on the transportation of laptops and tablets in the cabin of the aircraft from several countries with a predominantly Muslim population. U.S. restrictions have affected flights from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa, which Washington sees as a potential source of terrorist threat: Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
A similar ban, vvedeny the UK apply to direct flights from six countries – Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Lebanon.
The US government and the UK explained the need to ban the appearance of information about the attempts of extremists to disguise explosive devices in laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic gaming devices.
The head of the antiterrorist Committee of the UN believes that restrictions though reduce the risk of a terrorist attack, but will not be able to fully ensure safety.
“Despite restrictions on movement, you will get a militant terrorist groups which will be able to seep through the border and return to their countries – mainly with the help of smugglers,” explained Laborde.
As noted by the head of the Committee, at the same time, the number of immigrants from Europe seeking to join the ISIS, were considerably reduced. Earlier, Secretary of state USA Rex Tillerson said that last year the number of foreigners traveling to areas controlled by ISIS, has declined by 90%.
Laborde noted that it is not known whether the militants to organize an attack disguised explosive device in the laptop but, in his words, the number of extremist and criminal groups, there are opportunities.