Airlines with direct flights to the US have been instructed to tighten up their screening of mobile phones and other electronic devices because they could be used in bomb attacks. These extra security checks will apply to US-bound direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to officials.
Why the clamp down all of a sudden? Sky News reports that US security officials said that they fear that members of the Yemen-based al Qaeda have created smartphone bombs that can evade detection from regular airport scanners.
iPhones and Samsung Galaxy handsets have been signaled out, but it’s likely that measures will be applied on a broader scale.