Doug Bedell — March 22, 2013, 10:25 am

New ‘Weapons’: Laser Pointers

Laser pointers need to be kept aimed at whiteboards or screens, and little else. For, as three people in California have found, aiming lasers at aircraft is now a federal crime with potentially stiff penalties.

Government Security News reports that: “A federal grand jury in Fresno, CA, returned three indictments on March 21 charging three men and a woman under a new federal statute aimed at curbing increasingly common incidents of “lasing” aircraft in flight. The law used to charge the defendants is part of legislation signed into law in 2012 by President Obama making it a federal crime to knowingly aim the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft. The offense carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

It’s well for security personnel to be aware of the hazard potential of “lazing.”

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