In one of the largest single incidents of its kind, some piece-of-shit human being(s) pointed a bunch of lasers at planes flying over New Jersey last night.
Eleven commercial flights in the vicinity of Newark Liberty and LaGuardia Airports reported having green lasers pointed at their planes between the hours of 9:30 and 10 PM, and at least one pilot experienced blurred vision as a result. Green lasers are considered more dangerous to pilots than red ones because they’re more visible to the human eye.
New York State Police were informed of the incident by the Federal Aviation Administration and are currently investigating. Unfortunately, it’s pretty hard to tell where lasers originate on the ground in these situations, seeing as the pilots reporting the blinding laser light are flying a giant hunk of metal through the air at hundreds of miles per hour, and often over unfamiliar terrain.
Pointing lasers at planes is a moronic and dangerous thing to do. It’s also a federal crime that’ll land your ass up to five years in the slammer and a $250,000 fine. Yet these simple realities don’t seem to deter people from engaging in the despicable activity in record numbers each year. The FAA logged 2,200 laser pointing incidents in 2010, 3,400 in 2012, and over 3,900 in 2013. That’s ten a day across the country.
In an effort to stamp out the behavior, the FBI launched a campaign last winter offering as much as $10,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of a person pointing a laser at an aircraft.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say it’s probably teenagers behind most of these incidents—you know, the same demographic sending millions of federal dollars down the tubes each year by calling in SWAT teams on their Minecraft rivals. Parents: Watch your kids. Kids: Watch your asshat friends, there’s a ten grand prize in it for you.
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