Airliners could be brought down by terrorists using modified versions of almost any personal electronic equipment, a security expert has warned. He says passengers should be barred from carrying any electronic gadgets onto aircraft until planes are able to detect them.
Chet Uber, a technology expert at Security Posture in Omaha, Nebraska, says devices such as radios, tape recorders, CD players, PDAs and laptop computers could easily - and invisibly - be adapted to cause potentially catastrophic interference with an aircraft's control systems.
While it has been known for some time that cellphones and laptops can cause low-level interference, no airline monitors such radio emissions during flight. Instead they rely on passengers turning off their devices during critical periods such as take-off and landing.
But Uber told the InfoWar conference in Washington DC that the renewed terrorist threat...