Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FBI Targeting Laser Pranksters




As regular readers of the blog know, I spend a fair amount of time in airports and... consequently in airplanes. While it isn't nearly as glamorous to travel as one might think it is, I'm grateful for those in the airline business. It has got to be tough dealing with customers who are stressed, confused (if they don't fly often enough to know all the rules), and very often frightened. Even though the riskiest part of air travel is the car ride to the airport, many folks are extremely frightened to fly.

Fortunately I have no fear of flying and I'm also blissfully aware of how safe the industry is. However, in the past few years there has been a safety issue that's occurred which directly affects everyone on board & has nothing to do with the flight crew or plane maintenance.

I'm talking about the growing number of ground based laser attacks on cockpits.

As research and development in the field of lasers has progressed, powerful handheld lasers have become plentiful and relatively affordable. This has lead to idiots on the ground pointing them into the sky directly at approaching air traffic. In 2013 alone, there were 3960 reports of laser "attacks" from pilots to the FAA.

These situations can result in potential eye damage to the flight crew as well as endanger the passengers as well. Does anyone want blond pilots trying to land a plane?

That's why I was pleased to read on CNN.com about
the FBI announcing a reward for info leading to perpetrators of these stupid attacks.

With upwards of 11 of these attacks happening every day, it's only a matter of time before something really tragic happens. This stuff has got to stop!!!

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