FBI cracks down on people shining lasers into flying planes

The FBI is cracking down on people who shine lasers into flying planes.

Authorities say they’ve seen more than a thousand-percent increase in so called “lasing” since 2005.

For the next 90 days, the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to a lasing arrest.

The FBI is also launching a public awareness campaign to make sure people know just how dangerous it can be.

“It would be like being in the dark and having someone shine a light right in your eyes. You really can’t see,” Mary Trotman, FBI said.

“It is a tremendous distraction within the flight deck. It is a very real safety hazard,” pilot Capt. Robert Hamilton said.

Lasing is a federal crime, punishable by up to five years in prison and a 250-thousand-dollar fine.

If you have information about a lasing incident, or see someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, call your local FBI field office or dial 911.

FBI: Honolulu Division
91-1300 Enterprise Street
Kapolei, HI 96707
Phone: (808) 566-4300

More information from the FBI’s website

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