Senator Whitehouse offers amendment to ban pointing lasers beams at airplanes

February 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.

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