Penalties for Aiming Lasers at Aircraft

 - September 26, 2006, 1:16 PM

The Senate at press time was considering a bill that imposes a $250,000 fine and a possible prison term of up to five years for people who point lasers at aircraft. The legislation is an outgrowth of a number of recent incidents. Laser beams can temporarily blind pilots and, in some reported cases, cause permanent eye damage. The bill passed in the House last month. On January 11 last year, the FAA issued an advisory circular outlining the actions pilots should take if they’ve been illuminated by a laser.