FAA Serious about Prosecuting Laser Pointers
The FAA has directed its investigators and staff to pursue stiffer penalties for people who purposefully point laser devices at aircraft. Shining a laser at an airplane can temporarily blind the pilots, resulting in a safety issue. The number of reported laser incidents nationwide rose to 3,592 last year from 2,836 in 2010. Laser incident reports have increased steadily since the FAA created a formal reporting system in 2005 to collect information from pilots.