VHECA From Australia, joined May 2007, 284 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
There have been several incidents over the past 4-6 weeks now of aircraft in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane being harassed by high-powered laser sights.
It is scaring the bejesus out of local and international pilots and is quite dangerous, IMHO.
To the flight crew and indeed the seasoned traveller on this sight, is there any way that the crew can assistin locating these people and putting a stop to it? The local authorities are failing to get a good hand of this situation, and thankfully, nothing has happened yet!
Is this occuring in other Countries/States around the world. Or does Australia have a pack of serial avition pests on our hands?
Thoughts and comments welcomed.
Here are some article links for your perusal as well.
LVTMB From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1905 times:
I remember reading about similar incidents in different parts of the USA. One that I remember was in the late 90s, on the approach to Ontario CA (KONT) in which several airline pilots reported being hurt by Laser beams. As I recall, police located the source and made an arrest. In the USA it would definetely constitute a crime.
MDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1889 times:
Give it a dozen or so posts and someone will come in here and tell us that handheld lasers aren't actually a danger to pilots because they aren't powerful enough.
Let me pre-empt that right now by stating that I use a green beam laser specifically to induce temporary glare blindness in people. It is very effective, and it's not even the most powerfully laser available on the commercial market.