Chanawashdc - Thank You! I agree completely - others have touched on this point, but with less neutrality. As an IT support person, I can even see a hypothetical situation as simple as the guards not being able to turn on and/or log into the Mac laptop (because it was a Mac & not Windows), got frustrated and shot the thing! (think about it) Sure, they could have asked the woman to do it, BUT from a male oriented region, that would imply a woman knew more than a man which would be slight to the guard's ego. AND (my point) "she could activate the bomb" if there actually was one hidden in the laptop and she was a suicide bomber, having just left the countries her passport indicated.
Army: Blast in Korean DMZ wounds two South Korean soldiers (Reuters)
from the article: Police shoot U.S. student's laptop upon entry to Israel