Laser Attacks On Planes Rising

Warning for laser beam, symbol D-W010 according to DIN 4844-2

Warning for laser beam, symbol D-W010 according to DIN 4844-2

Years ago pilots were developing the symptoms that indicated laser attack (retina damage, seizures etc, vision loss) and were dismissed as unrelated medical issues. Now there is too much evidence to ignore, and too many incidents to brush them aside. Marnie Hunter for CNN:

A spike in the incidence of people pointing lasers into the cockpits of planes has the Federal Aviation Administration worried and encouraging public vigilance.

“It sounds silly, but this is a serious problem,” wrote FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt on Wednesday in a Department of Transportation blog post highlighting the agency’s concerns.

“Why is this dangerous? Lasers can distract pilots or temporarily blind a pilot while he or she is taking off or landing an aircraft,” Babbitt said.

This year, 2,200 instances have been reported nationwide. In 2005, there were 283 reports of people pointing lasers at planes…

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13 Responses to Laser Attacks On Planes Rising

  1. Cerebralcaustic December 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Frickin’ sharks…

  2. COPilotFEDup December 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    really, you would have 2 be amazing at aiming one of those…. planes go what 800MPH. And on the ground there encompassed by large fenced off areas. I remember hearing this years ago i think it is some kind of government experiment / test.

  3. COPilotFEDup December 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    really, you would have 2 be amazing at aiming one of those…. planes go what 800MPH. And on the ground there encompassed by large fenced off areas. I remember hearing this years ago i think it is some kind of government experiment / test.

    • Haystack December 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

      And what kind of lasers are people buying that can cause retina damage and seizures to a moving target from far away?

      • VoxMagi December 14, 2010 at 10:43 am #

        The larger hand models that retail for 300 bucks…and can melt plastic in seconds

        • Haystack December 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

          Sweet.

    • Hadrian999 December 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

      that’s just what S.P.E.C.T.E.R. wants you to think

  4. Haystack December 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    And what kind of lasers are people buying that can cause retina damage and seizures to a moving target from far away?

  5. Hadrian999 December 14, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    that’s just what S.P.E.C.T.E.R. wants you to think

  6. rtb61 December 14, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    Lasers and now used through the building and civil works industry hundreds of thousands of them used every day and often far more powerful than those puny pen ones. Stray reflections might be a much larger problem the originally thought.

  7. Anonymous December 14, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    Lasers and now used through the building and civil works industry hundreds of thousands of them used every day and often far more powerful than those puny pen ones. Stray reflections might be a much larger problem the originally thought.

  8. VoxMagi December 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    The larger hand models that retail for 300 bucks…and can melt plastic in seconds

  9. Haystack December 15, 2010 at 3:49 am #

    Sweet.

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