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Laser incidents becoming dangerous at airports

Laser incidents becoming dangerous at airports
Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 3:56am

WASHINGTON  - According to the Associated Press, the Federal Aviation Administration has recorded a steady increase of people pointing lasers at pilots in airplane cockpits.  FAA officials say these incidents are dangerous.

The lasers' powerful light beam has been documented to distract and even temporarily blind people.  "In some cases, pilots have had to relinquish control of planes and helicopters to their co-pilots or abort landings," the Associated Press said.

The FAA report also said that lasers incidents have been directed at air traffic control towers.  Aviation officials worry these incidents could very well cause an air crash.  There hasn't been one so far.

In 2010, there have been more than 2,200 incidents reported; that figure is up from less than 300 incidents in 2005. 

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