FlexJetOKC From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 58 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1650 times:
Per the AP:
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced new penalties this week for those who point lasers at planes and helicopters, The Associated Press reported.
Offenders could face fines as high as $11,000 per violation. To levy the fines, the FAA is using a new legal interpretation of existing regulations that prohibit interference with the operation of an aircraft, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said at a news conference.
The incidents have increased rapidly around the world during the past six years as online sales of new, powerful handheld lasers have soared. In 2005, there were fewer than 300 such incidents reported in the U.S. Last year, there were 2,836 incidents. In some cases pilots have had to relinquish control of an aircraft to a co-pilot because of vision loss, the article said.
Pilots have reported more than 1,100 incidents in the U.S. so far this year, and officials said they are concerned that eventually there will be an accident caused by a laser beam. The lasers are marketed as tools to point out stars at night. They are many times more powerful than the devices typically used by lecturers, the article noted.
I personally think $11,000 is not enough for potentially putting an airliner in possible danger. What do you think?
Above the planet on a wing and a prayer, my grubby halo, a vapour trail in the empty air...
I think if the media hadn't virtually promoted this thing, the number of these attacks would have never risen.
And I doubt a $11k fine will deter these f*ckwiths to stop doing it. A good number of people getting caught and their cases being reported in the media would be much more effective. Could be fake cases.. nobody would know. Just show a bunch of people getting caught and fined.