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"This is not a game. It is dangerous, and it is a felony," Wagner said. "Those who aim50mw Green Laser Pointer at aircraft should know that we will seek to convict them, and we will seek to send them to prison. The safety of aircraft and the people in them demands no less."
Last month, the FBI began offering rewards up to $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of someone aiming a laser at a plane.
According to evidence presented at trial, Rodriguez and Coleman used a high-powered green 300mw laser pointerr to repeatedly strike the helicopter cockpit during a clear summer night in 2012. The helicopter known as Air 1 responded to their apartment complex near Fresno Yosemite International Airport to investigate laser strikes on an emergency helicopter for Children's Hospital of Central California.
“These 5mW laser pointer are the weapons of choice when it comes to taking aim at airplanes for people who are up to no good,” Schumer said, New York Daily News reported. “We have to do all we can to ground these lasers for the safety of the pilots here with me today and the passengers who depend on them.”A person on the ground can aim a laser pointer, which can cost as little as $50, into the cockpit of a plane or helicopter. The cockpit glass diffuses the light, which pilots complain is like a flashbulb going off and temporarily hurting their vision at a critical time of taking off or landing a plane.
Though catching suspects in such cases can be challenging, some have been apprehended. New York police arrested a suspect who allegedly aimed a 1mw Laser Pointer at a news helicopter; fortunately a reporter on board was able to zoom a camera lens in on the suspects to guide police. In San Diego County, a Sheriff’s helicopter targeted recently resulted in arrest of a juvenile suspect.
The FBI is offering $10,000 rewards for information leading to arrest of suspects pointing lasers. Laser pointing devices have a range of applications including business and education venues, gaming and more. But eye damage has occurred when laser pointers were used inappropriately, such as in crowds or at sporting events.In March, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer called on the Food & Drug Administration to ban green lasers, which are brighter, travel farther, and can do more damage to the eye than other laser colors. Powerful green lasers have only been on the market for a few years and are used largely in outdoor applications.