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WAR: Military Tests Lasers To Warn Off Aircraft

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posted on Jan, 14 2005 @ 12:47 PM
Now is not the time.
The US military, amidst all the recent reports of lasers being pointed at commercial aircraft is actually considering using lasers, pointed at aircraft, as a signaling device to let pilots know when they have strayed into restricted airspace. Currently the military is testing the system around DC. They are only lazing military aircraft during the test runs of the system.
A day after the Department of Transportation urged pilots to report hazardous laser beams aimed at aircraft, the U.S. military said it is testing a system to beam red and green lasers at aircraft in the Washington area as a warning when they enter restricted airspace.

The plan has prompted confusion among some area pilots who said they were unsure whether they would be able to tell the difference between a commercial laser used by someone playing at home and one operated by the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta on Wednesday urged pilots to report laser sightings to the Federal Aviation Administration and local law enforcement. A commercially available laser beamed into a cockpit can distract a pilot and in rare cases cause permanent eye damage.

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The lasers they are using are designed not to cause eye damage or distraction to pilots. I think that with all the reports of lasers being directed at pilots right now, that any laser entering the cockpit will be a distraction, regardless of intent.

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