FBI Cracking Down on Laser-Pointing Attacks on Aircrafts
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The FBI today launched an aggressive new 90-day campaign against those who point lasers at aircrafts, temporarily blinding pilots and endangering everyone on board.
Anyone who wants to know what it’s like to be targeted in a “lasing” can ask airline pilot Captain Robert Hamilton.
“What goes through your mind is, ‘Am I going to be able to complete this flight safely? How am I going to land when I can’t see?'” he says.
Through Labor Day, the FBI is joining with the FAA to offer rewards of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in a laser-pointing attack.
Ed Reinhold, acting Special-Agent-in-Charge for the St. Louis FBI office, says a similar effort earlier this year produced good results.
“We saw a 19 percent decrease in the number of events,” he says.
Lasing an aircraft, even if it’s meant as a joke, can lead to five years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines upon conviction.
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