Lasers an increasing hazard for pilots, FAA says
The number of reported incidents where lasers have been pointed at airplanes almost doubled from 2009 to 2010, according to a statement Wednesday from the Federal Aviation Administration.
"The FAA is actively warning people not to point high-powered lasers at aircraft because they can damage a pilot's eyes or cause temporary blindness," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said. "We continue to ask pilots to immediately report laser events to air traffic controllers so we can contact local law enforcement officials."
Reports rose from nearly 300 in 2005, when the FAA first began keeping track, to 1,527 in 2009 and 2,836 in 2010. The highest number of incidents was reported at Los Angeles International Airport, which recorded 102 in 2010. In the Washington region, Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport made it into the top 20, with 31 reports.
Washington Post Editors
| January 19, 2011; 1:44 PM ET
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