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Originally posted by outsider
Mostly pranksters. Though I'm sure if the terrorist didn't have the idea before they will now.
If it becomes a problem there's lots of ways to deal with it, such as different windshield designs & coatings, visors, etc. Of course some unmarked law enforcement in likely areas around airports looking to spot these guys couldn't hurt either.
In order to really do any damage their timing would have to be perfect, sometime during final approach. You have to remember most modern aircraft can land with autopilot these days and there are at least two pilots in the cockpit. Blinding a pilot is much more difficult then just firing a heat seeking missile, so unless they get their hands on lasers, particle beams, or missiles that will rupture fuel tanks or stall engines they wont have much luck.
Originally posted by XL5
If I fart in a crowded elevator or bus (mass transit) and cause some one to get trampled when the door opens, am I a terrorist?