Legislation Criminalizes Laser Pointers Aimed At Aircraft | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.02.16

Airborne 05.03.16

Airborne 05.04.16

Airborne 05.05.16

Airborne 05.06.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 05.02.16

Airborne 05.03.16

Airborne 05.04.16

Airborne 05.05.16

Airborne 05.06.16

AEA2016 LIVE Aero-TV: 04/27-0830ET, 04/28-1400ET, 04/29-1100ET

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Wed, May 23, 2007

Legislation Criminalizes Laser Pointers Aimed At Aircraft

$12 Item Can Impair Pilot Vision

It doesn't matter if you are a terrorist or a prankster -- if you shine laser pointers at airplanes, you could now face up to five years in prison.

Under legislation approved Tuesday by the House of Representatives, the use of cheap, handheld laser pens "presents an imminent threat to aviation security and passenger safety," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) before the voice vote to approve the measure, according to the Associated Press.

Since 1990 the Federal Aviation Administration has reported more than 500 incidents of pilots being blinded or disoriented by laser beams according to Florida congressman Ric Keller, sponsor of the legislation.

Keller showed a laser pointer to House members and said what could be purchased for $12 at any office supply store, had the power to cause vision disturbances for pilots from two miles away.

The National Transportation Safety Board has documented two cases where pilots sustained actual injury to their eyes and were incapacitated during critical phases of a flight.

As ANN reported, last year New Jersey resident David Banach was sentenced under a provision of the USA Patriot Act to two years of probation for shining a laser pointer at an aircraft on final approach to Teterboro.

The plane, carrying six passengers, was at 3,000 feet when the beam hit the cockpit window -- causing both pilots to briefly lose night vision. They managed to land safely.

FMI: www.house.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 05.04.16: FAA Part 23, IAC AirVenture Theme, Boeing 737 MAX

Also: Supersonic Sound Pollution, Wartime WartHog, Biplanes And Triplanes, Esterline, Airbus H145M, 21st CSAF, NATA Appointment On the eve of an FAA public hearing in College Park,>[...]

FAA Administrator Makes Two Major Drone Announcements

Establishes Advisory Committee To Provide Advice On UAV Issues Speaking today at the AUVSI annual conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency i>[...]

Airborne 05.03.16: Solar Impulse 2, SpaceX v Mars, 5000 Section 333 Exemptions

Also: Textron Drone, Aero-Calendar, Aviation Gateway Park, NASA And FAA, R22 Flashcards, MI Av Program, ArcaBoard At the time we put this report together, the Solar Impulse 2 had s>[...]

Airborne 05.04.16: FAA Part 23, IAC AirVenture Theme, Boeing 737 MAX

Also: Supersonic Sound Pollution, Wartime WartHog, Biplanes And Triplanes, Esterline, Airbus H145M, 21st CSAF, NATA Appointment On the eve of an FAA public hearing in College Park,>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.05.16)

USHPA Chapters and Clubs Chapters are member-controlled organizations approved by the USHPA. They are autonomous, self-governing, financially independent groups of flying enthusias>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC