Secretary LaHood announced today that the FAA will increase the penalties on individuals caught shining lasers at planes. ALPA successfully fought to include tougher provisions making laser attacks a federal crime in the FAA Reauthorization Act, which became law this year.
“Shining a laser at an airplane is not a laughing matter. It’s dangerous for both pilots and passengers, and we will not tolerate it,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We will pursue the toughest penalties against anyone caught putting the safety of the flying public at risk.”
The number of reported laser incidents nationwide rose from 2,836 in 2010, to 3,592 in 2011. Read the full release from FAA here.