Time for it to stop--the word from federal, state, and local authorities who have launched a new campaign to crack down on those who point lasers at aircraft.
Commercial, private--even law enforcement aircraft have been targeted--and it happens at the most dangerous odf times said Delta Airlines First Officer Wolfgang Koch.
"The workload of the flight crew--once below ten-thousand feet--becomes very demanding--and distractions--such as a laser beam directed at an aircraft will only cause further distractions that are dangerous to flight" Koch said.
Authorities said the practice had seen a nearly 50% increase in San Antonio over the last year alone.
"Most of the folks who end up aiming laser beams at aircraft are doing it as a prank or a thoughtless act" U.S> Attorney Robert Pitman said, adding that many who are caught doing it are teens. Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said two teens were arrested for aiming a laser at a Department of Public Safety helicopter within the last two weeks.
The new campaign offers a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone pointing a laser at any aircraft--San Antonio is one of thriteen U.S. cities taking part.