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Laptop inspection at Kuwait airport a security measure
June 17, 2017, 5:10 pm

The new security measure to inspect laptops at Kuwait Airport is not meant to scrutinize the content on the laptop but rather to ensure the electronics in the device are working only as intended, revealed a security source to The Times Kuwait.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a new directive last week notified that all passengers travelling with a laptop in their hand baggage from Kuwait Airport would have to ensure that their device was fully charged and ready for inspection by security staff.

Speculation on scrutinizing the content was rife after social media users spread rumors that content on the laptop was being checked. The United States recently disclosed that laptops posed a huge security concern with credible evidence that terrorists have gained expertise in building bombs that can be contained in smaller amounts of space. This led to a laptop ban on carry-on luggage on aircraft from select Middle-East countries to the United States.

As a precaution, most electronic devices such as mobile phone, laptops and cameras will be inspected to ensure that the devices only work for its intended purpose. Passengers who fail to switch on the laptop on request by security staff will not be allowed to carry it onboard as hand-baggage.


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