Skip to comments.FBI Highlights Risks Posed By Laser Strikes Targeting Aircraft
Posted on 02/11/2014 12:46:32 PM PST by BenLurkin
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) Local and federal law enforcement agencies Tuesday offered up to $10,000 in reward money for information on anyone who aims a laser pointer at the cockpits of incoming airliners.
KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reports officials with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Los Angeles Airport Police Division, and the Los Angeles County (LASD) and Orange County Sheriffs departments were joined at LAX by members of the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration at a news conference.
The FBI is spearheading the public information campaign aimed at informing residents that it is a crime to point any laser device at an aircraft.
Pilots from the LAPD, LASD, and the Glendale Police Department were also on hand to answer questions about potential flying risks posed by laser pointers.
Glendale Police Lt. Steve Robertson said he has been struck with a very powerful laser that burned both of the corneas in his eyes while piloting a police helicopter.
A lot of folks will argue that, Well, a simple laser strike, thats not gonna bring the aircraft down, said Robertson. You have to take it beyond that simple laser strike, its that chain of events.
Chief Ted Sexton, director of the L.A. County Sheriffs Department of Homeland Security, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the lasers can actually kill the photo receptors in your eyes and lead to disaster.
Flying a helicopter, especially, is like trying to balance plates while youre riding a unicycle on a basketball, Sexton said. So you need all your facilities, you need to be able to concentrate, and of course losing your eyesight is not a good thing.
Federal officials told the Los Angeles Times they have seen an estimated 1,100 percent jump in the number of incidents involving aircraft pilots who report laser flashes while flying.
While less than 300 incidents were reported in 2005, there were upwards of 3,700 incidents logged in 2013, The Times reported.
Under California law, any person who deliberately points a laser at an occupied aircraft, whether in motion or in flight, faces one year in jail and a $1,000 fine or more.
I heard this on the morning news, too. My question is, aren’t they inviting more of this by publicizing it so much?
Could be they’re just stupid.
“Glendale Police Lt. Steve Robertson said he has been struck with a very powerful laser that burned both of the corneas in his eyes while piloting a police helicopter.”
Yeah, I would think that in certain neighborhoods, they don’t take kindly to the police choppers hovering overhead.
The nation’s electric grid is under threat and this takes the FBI’s attention ?
Hope your pilot never sees this on final.
Sounds like they’ve just set themselves up to be flooded with 10,000 tips from wackos.
Won’t work on drones, will it?
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