16-Mar-2011 11:59 AM

Laser incidents increase since 2009

USFederal Aviation Administration announced the number of reported instances of lasers being aimed at aircraft has doubled in 2010 from the previous year (earthsky.org, 15-Mar-2011). The FAA reportedly stated there were 2836 incidents in 2010. In Feb-2011, the US House and Senate passed bills to make it a criminal offence to aim at or illuminate an aircraft with a laser pointer.