Phoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8 Posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1225 times:
The toronto star is reporting that there have been increased incidents where lasers have been pointed into flight decks of aircrafts landing or taking off at Toronto Pearson and Island airports. Seriously, how stupid does one have to be to understand that you don't point lasers on something carrying hundereds of people and moving at high speed. These kind of incidents just drive me up the wall!
From the article: Incidents of pilots being blinded by lasers while attempting to land in the GTA are on the rise.
Back in March, Transport Canada had got five complaints since 2005 from pilots attempting to land at Toronto area airports about someone shining a laser at their plane and trying to target their eyes from the ground.
Since then, 15 pilots have filed local complaints about laser pointers aimed at incoming or outgoing aircraft. The most recent reports were from Oct. 10 and 13, by pilots flying into Toronto Island and Pearson International airports respectively.
"We can no longer say that it's rare," said Robert Palmer, spokesperson for WestJet Airlines.
In total, Transport Canada has received 73 reports of lasers aimed into cockpits across the country, including 46 so far in 2008.