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Saturday 12 December 2009

Why shining a light can be dangerous - as well as criminal

I don't normally have much positive to say about legislation designed to restrict freedom, but I make an exception in this case. Apparently the shining of laser pen beams at aircraft (aeroplanes and helicopters) has become a real problem and danger for pilots trying to navigate safely. Incidents have been increasing rapidly over the UK in the past few years, it seems, with 'hotspots' around Heathrow, Luton, Newcastle, Glasgow and Cardiff. The problem first started to occur in the 1990s in the US, but has since spread to other parts of the world including Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

If you have one of these devices and have ever been tempted to shine it up in the sky at a passing aircraft:

Please note that -



Very many of us fly at least a few times a year, if only to go for a fortnight's holiday of summer sun. Disaster could strike any of us if this idiocy is not curbed, including I expect some of the perpetrators.

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