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FBI Warns of Federal Consequences of Pointing Lasers at Aircraft

Light from a Laser pointer via Wikipedia

Light from a Laser pointer via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Aim a laser at an aircraft and you will face serious consequences, the FBI warned.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that the FBI’s Jackson Field Office recently investigated a laser pointer attack.

“It’s actually a quite serious federal crime, and we want to message that concern to raise awareness, but if that awareness campaign doesn’t work, we do have law enforcement and judicial outcomes up to five years in federal prison and an $11,000 fine,” said Jackson Field Office Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway.

The FBI has seen a more than 1,100% spike in people targeting aircraft with lasers since the bureau began keeping statistics in 2005. In 2015, there were 7,703 FAA-reported laser incidents.

“What can happen is that we think of a very small pinpoint size beam of light, but it spreads out and can cover several feet in diameter,” Alway said.

FBI Steps Up Crackdown on Laser Pointer Attacks After Success of Pilot Program

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is increasing its crackdown on people who point lasers at airplanes.

CBS News reports that the bureau is offering $10,000 rewards following an increase in laser cases.

The FBI launched a pilot program at 12 offices in February, which saw a 19% decrease in the number of reported laser strikes.

The number of cases has increased 1,100% since the FBI began tracking lasers.

“The FBI hopes to build off the success of the initial launch in February and not only reduce the threat but continue to generate public awareness about the dire consequences of lasing and the understanding that it is a violation of federal law,” said Michael Kaste, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Kansas City Division.

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FBI Worried About Increase in Lasers Being Pointed at Aircraft

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI reported an increasing number of lasers being pointed at aircraft and pilots in the New York area, CNN reports.

The 17% increase is concerning because lasers can temporarily or permanently blind a pilot or crew. Earlier this year, several pilots suffered significant eye injuries, including a burnt retina.

On Tuesday, at least two incidents of green lasers were reported, according to CNN.

“The FBI is asking anyone with information about any of these dangerous laser incidents to pick up the phone and call us,” Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos said. “Our paramount concern is the safety of aircraft passengers and crew.”

 

 

Laser Attacks on Pilots Prompt FBI to Create Nationwide Crackdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

 To crackdown on the increasing number of people pointing at pilots, the FBI has created a national Anti-Laser Attack Task Force, Gizmodo.com reports.

Since 2005, so-called laser attacks, which can temporarily blind a pilot, are up 10 fold, the technology site reported.

In fact, the FBI expects 3,700 more attacks by year’s end.

Since 2008, the FBI’s Sacramento division has run a successful campaign to crack down on laser attacks, prompting the bureau to create a nationwide effort, according to Gizmodo.com.

If convicted, laser-wielders face up to five years in prison and up to $11,000 in fines.

FBI Says Lasers Pointed at Aircraft Nearly Doubled in 2010


What appears as a dot of light on the ground can illuminate an entire cockpit, disorienting a pilot or causing temporary blindness/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

People pointing hand-held lasers at aircraft — an act that can temporarily blind or disorient a pilot —  nearly doubled in 2010 compared to the year before, the FBI says.

The FBI reported that in 2009 there were 1,489 laser incidents recorded by the Federal Aviation Administration compared to 2,836 in 2010, or an average of more than seven incidents daily.

In releasing the stats, the FBI cited Justin Stouder as an example.

The 24-year-old pointed a laser from his Suburban St. Louis yard at a helicopter last year and was arrested.

“It’s equivalent to a flash of a camera if you were in a pitch black car at night,” said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Doug Reinholz, the pilot on patrol that night when Stouder’s green hand-held laser “painted” his cockpit, according to an FBI press release.

“It’s a temporary blinding to the pilot,” he said during a recent news conference highlighting the danger of lasers directed at airplanes and helicopters.

The penalties are stiff.

Interfering with the operation of an aircraft carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Since the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration began keeping records of laser events in 2004, “there has been an exponential increase every year,” said Tim Childs from the Federal Air Marshal Service, who serves as a liaison officer with the Bureau on laser issues.

The overwhelming number of the incidents involve green lasers—especially dangerous because the human eye is most susceptible to damage from the yellow-green light spectrum, the FBI said.

In the St. Louis case, Justin Stouder said at a news conference, according to the FBI: “I had no idea it illuminated the whole cockpit and blinded everybody inside…It was really a selfish mistake.”

FBI Shows Arrest of Someone Pointing a Laser

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