Manila, Philippines — In line with the most recent intelligence that the United States’ Department of Homeland Security received about a possible airplane attack carried out by the Al-Qaeda islamic terrorist group. Now, the Aviation Security (AVSEC) division of the Philippine National Police (PNP) prepares to comply with the Department of Homeland Security’s call for a more thorough inspection of a travelers’ handheld electronic devices before allowing them to board on their flight.
Based on the Department of Homeland Security’s heightened safety and security measures mandate, passengers will be asked by an airport security personnel assigned on the inspection to turn on their mobile devices, as well as tablet PCs during the thorough screening to show they have power. The justification behind this safety and security measure, according to the United States Transportation Security Administration, is to make sure that the passenger’s device is fully functional and that its battery was not replaced with a plastic explosive materials.
“Powerless devices will not be permitted to go on-board the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional extra measures, like screening.”
– United States Transportation Security Administration
However, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration kept their mouth shut regarding the details of possible plane attack, but stated that the intelligence they received was “different and more disturbing than past aviation plots.” That being said, all airport security groups, particularly in European region as well as in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific (APAC), are advised by the United States Transportation Security Administration to take the necessary actions to diminish the undisclosed threat on all airports.
The aforementioned United States departments said that the latest security measures was enforced just last week following the intelligence warnings that al Qaeda’s chief bomb expert, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who is thought to be based in Western Asia, Yemen-based branch of the terror network, had linked up with the jihadists in Syria to pass on his skills in making miniature explosive bombs. — The Centrio Times