Thursday, June 9, 2011
FAA: Laser Problem is Serious
In continuing efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of pointing a handheld laser at helicopters and other low-flying aircraft, FAA will now seek up to $11,000 from anyone who does it, in addition to criminal charges. “We want everyone to realize this is serious,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, who along with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a legal interpretation, “Interference with a Crewmember via Laser, 14 CFR 91.11,” on June 1. “These are not jokes,” Babbitt continued, adding that lasers are distracting to pilots and, in extreme cases, can result in permanent eye damage.