Senator Whitehouse offers amendment to ban pointing lasers beams at airplanesFebruary 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
Source: The Hill
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced a bill on the Senate floor Wednesday night that would make it a federal crime to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft.
Whitehouse said current laws are too weak to prosecute people who are caught red-handed trying to blind pilots with laser beams. His amendment would allow fines and prison terms of up to five years for such action.