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Rookhawk,Here it is, plain and simple:
It takes time to clone terrorists hard drives so you can do forensics on it undetected. Only way to get the devices away from the bad guys is to make them check the bag. Thus, there is a guy in the belly of the plane from foreign intelligence cloning hard drives of suspects before the plane lands in the USA so the perp has no idea it has happened.
That's it, that's the story. No other story is plausible as to why it would be done inbound only from the middle east.
Saying its because they can make non-metal undetectable bombs and detonate them in the air is a smokescreen. You're no less dead if the bomb goes off in the checked baggage in the belly of the plane than you are if its detonated as carry on.
Very interesting thought. I have been scratching my head as to how the computer bomb would work as a carry on and not I checked baggage and I can't justify that thought. I'll go with your idea especially due to the timing of Trumps travel ban that the Obama judges keep stopping from being implemented. I am afraid we have lost out country if our duly elected President can't put in a simple 90 day moratorium of visitors from terrorist countries! Watching the news you would have thought the world was coming to an end with the travel ban.