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FBI: Pilots in Cleveland Reported Being Blinded by Laser Pointers over Labor Day Weekend

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Pilots told authorities they were blinded by laser pointers over the Labor Day weekend in Cleveland.

WKYC reports that the FBI and local authorities are investigating five separate incidents from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6.

Laser pointers pose a dangerous threat to pilots, who can be flash-blinded by beams of light.

“Individuals often do not realize that traveling over hundreds of feet a tiny two-centimeter laser beam spreads to become approximately six feet of light that can block a pilot’s vision,” FBI officials said in a press release. “Most laser strike incidents reported occur at flights under 10,000 feet with the highest percentage being altitudes under 6,000 feet.”

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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.