FBI cracks down on people shining lasers into flying planes

Laser pointers affecting airplanes
Laser pointers affecting airplanes

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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