iPad ban in Israel continues

Israeli authorities continued to confiscate iPads from passengers flying into its airports this week, repeating its assertion that the new Apple tablet would jam other wireless devices in the area.

The state's Ministry of Communications instituted the odd rule this week, noting it could not permit the iPad's use in Israel for fear its "wireless [signal] strengths violate Israeli law and will overpower other wireless devices" throughout the state.

Apple quickly rebuffed that charge, noting its iPad "complies with international industry standards for Wi-Fi specifications." Silicon Valley experts later confirmed as much to The Wall Street Journal on Saturday, indicating the device's wireless signal might actually be weaker because of the iPad's aluminum casing.

Still, Israeli leaders said they would continue blocking travelers from bringing the device into the country until Apple releases a version of the iPad that complies with European wireless standards.