FBI Pushes for Laser Incident Arrests with New Program

  • Feb 11, 2014 10:02am GMT

The FBI has announced a new program to prevent laser incidents directed towards aircraft by rewarding people who provide information about these incidents. Laser pointers are legal but it is illegal to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft and the felony charge is five years in jail.

From the ground, a laser directed towards an aircraft cockpit can illuminate the flight deck causing temporary blindness. This can lead to a very dangerous situation for pilots and their passengers.

This new program will run for 60 days in 12 FBI field offices: Albuquerque, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Juan, and Washington. These offices have the highest documented number of laser incidents. People who provide information leading to an arrest may be rewarded up to $10,000.

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