The weapon was a black tubular laser, small enough to slip into the front pocket of a pair of pants.
But its pinpoint beam of light, when aimed at aircraft in the dark skies over New York City on Monday night, was powerful enough to injure the eyes of three pilots — including two officers in a New York Police Department helicopter — jeopardizing their ability to fly safely, the authorities said.
After the Federal Aviation Administration alerted the police to the skyward-pointing laser beam flashing across the cockpits of several commercial jetliners taking off and landing at La Guardia Airport, officers saw it emanating from an apartment on Coddington Avenue in the Bronx, the police said.
Laser beams get wider and wider with distance, so by the time they reach the height of an aircraft, it can be wide enough to hit the whole cockpit. What is with this obsession of pointing lasers at aircraft anyway? People should know not to point it in someone's eye, so what makes them think it's okay to point it at an aircraft full of people?