Pointing a laser at aircraft can put you in prison

New laws have been passed to hand down harsh sentences to people who light-up aircraft with laser pointers.

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+34 1. nowhereman commented 6 years ago

2:12 Nine officers for one laser pointer! surely six would have been sufficient.
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+5 2. tiggfigg commented 6 years ago

It's about sending a message.
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+11 3. torbengb commented 6 years ago

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+4 4. metataggers commented 6 years ago

Yep. Lasers can literally blind you. That's why a form of it is used for corrective eye surgery.
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+1 5. Thanos commented 6 years ago

For all those interested in the ridiculous and various oddities from all over the world: the US has proven its worth once again! That said, this law still cannot compare to the dial-up modem paranoia after War Games, I guess they are slipping... =)

#4 There are already sensible laws in place to cover the use of a laser pointer that way, but this one is certainly not amongst them nor ever will be.
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+4 6. korahn commented 6 years ago

I recall seeing something like this on CSI or something like that. Basically, the pilot got blinded by some guy with a laser pointer who was tired of the noise the planes made flying over his home and almost ended up crashing the plane.
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-1 7. sux2bu commented 6 years ago

#1 Until the police got to the scene nobody knew if that was a green laser pen
or a rifle with a green laser sight.
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+2 8. bella1 commented 6 years ago

Probably the same idiot who shines his laser at the goal keeper eyes at a soccer game
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+10 9. dushan commented 6 years ago

interesting, i was convinced that only cats chase laser pointers :D
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+6 10. sux2bu commented 6 years ago

This is not fun and games , it could cause a crash.
One guy in California got 14 years in prison for doing it.
Many of these lasers are much more powerful than the 5mW ones
available in most countries; mine is 200mW and will light a match.
Some idiots actually have been caught lasing planes as they land
or take off from airports.
This demonstrates the effect in the cockpit....

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0 11. snotraddict commented 6 years ago

Not to underscore this serious problem but I am under the impression most aircraft land themselves these days. Also seems like they could wear some sort of eyeware as it seems to me you can't fix stupid and it'll be an ongoing problem, possibly forever.

In my state they're too busy letting prisoners out of prison, can't see anyone actually doing any time for this.

#9 great comment!
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-1 12. Mante commented 6 years ago

#9 cats and pigs!