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reply to post by HomerinNC
I dont know what punishment would be sutiable.
In my opinion cramming more people in Jail, into an already over crowded system, is not the answer.
I would much rather see a huge fine. Like $500,000.00 or something. That would certainly teach someone a lesson.
So.. a kid with a cheap laser can't do this but guided missile systems use lasers to paint the targets (aircraft) all the time - And no harm comes to the pilot who Cannot even See the laser from his vantage point if they are above a certain height. Even if they are low to the ground you would need a very small window and very tight trajectory to hit the pilot in the eyes.
I honestly don't believe there has ever been a recorded instance of pilots being blinded and killed ( or caused to be killed) by lasers from civilians. I have read pilots claimed to have been blinded for a few seconds by lasers but this is no concern to pilots. It is unheard of that both pilot and co-pilot were blinded not to mention even so, they would quickly recover and or engage the auto pilot.
I cannot find a single instance searching the web where people were actually killed by shining a laser into a cockpit. It is always only a fear it seems though there is no direct evidence. ( of course I could have missed it but it's not like so many people are getting killed by this that it's all over the news - that does Not happen.)
I concede Cessna pilots and other flyers who keep low to the ground, have a single pilot and no auto pilot is at greater risk - yet cant find any of these that died either.
There are even reports that in Egypt thousands of people shot lasers at the military helicopters and none had any ill effects.
en.wikipedia.org... - Lasers and aviation safety
n contrast to all this discussion of consumer lasers as grave threats to aircraft, during the July 2013 protests of the Morsi Presidency in Egypt and later celebration of his removal, thousands of protesters and revelers aimed laser pointers at government helicopters with no apparent effect
I'm not convinced 18 months was warranted.edit on 27-9-2013 by JohnPhoenix because: sp