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