In-flight Wi-Fi at Risk Following Bomb Scares

Ryan Whitwam

We first heard about the printer cartridge bombs on October 29, but now some details about the nature of the devices are coming to light. As New Scientist reports, our ability to use in-flight internet could be at risk following this latest terror threat. The bombs contained what appear to be stripped down cell phones, leading some to speculate they were to be detonated remotely. While this is not yet confirmed, the US Department of Homeland Security has reportedly locked in on the possibility.

Some security experts have said that Wi-Fi on planes is substantially more likely to be used in an attack. Due to the inconsistency of cell service, the internet connection afforded by in-flight Wi-Fi would be a better avenue of attack. According to UK explosives expert  Roland Alford, in-flight Wi-Fi "gives a bomber lots of options for contacting a device on an aircraft." In-flight Wi-Fi has proliferated massively in the last few years, and many travelers have come to rely on it. Do you think in-flight Wi-Fi is going to come under fire?

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