Report people pointing lasers at aircraft and get a cash reward

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The FBI will offer rewards of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of anyone who has aimed a laser at any type of aircraft since 2012.

Laser-pointing incidents have been a problem at airports around the country.

(NBC) - Laser pointers and aircraft don't mix..

So the FBI has launched a nationwide campaign offering cash rewards for information leading to an arrest of people who point lasers at aircraft.

The FBI will offer rewards of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of anyone who has aimed a laser at any type of aircraft since 2012.

That's when the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act made the act a felony.

Laser-pointing incidents have been a problem at airports around the country.

Pilots say the laser light produces a flash similar to that of a camera when it hits the cockpit and can cause permanent damage to the pilots' eyes.

Shining a laser at aircraft is a federal felony offense and carries penalties of up to five years in prison and potential fines of up to $250,000.


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