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Originally posted by AlexofSkye
This is a troubling report, but I'd like to understand a couple of things:
1. How does a laser get INTO a cockpit if the plane is 8500 feet up? Cockpits are oriented with glass up and forward. Wouldn't the beam have to come from about 8500 feet or above? In the landing incident, I can understand how it can happen, as the plane will be nose down and close enough to the ground.
Federal officials are investigating reports from two pilots who say bright lights were aimed from the ground into their cockpits as they headed into the Colorado Springs Airport.
Both planes landed without problems on Monday night.
Federal officials issued a warning this month that terrorists might try to down aircraft by shining powerful lasers into cockpits to blind pilots during landing approaches.
The pilots heading into Colorado Springs about 8-30 p-m Monday reported a bright, pulsating light shining into the cockpits. Colorado Springs police say the pilots described the lights as "green laser lights."
Originally posted by Seekerof
The next problem is how one could point such a beam, and maintain such a beam, at an object flying at a decent rate of speed.
Possible solution would be strapping, duck taping, etc. the laser device onto a tripod and/or telescope.