Latest FAA report suggests that these incidents are happening more often. How should you handle it, if it happens to you?
By Michael Wildes
February 8, 2022
The FAA recently reported that laser strikes reached an all-time high in 2021, with 9,723 reports of such strikes from pilots. This is a 41 percent increase from 2020, when pilots reported 6,852 laser strikes. Indeed, the dangerous trend only keeps climbing year after year, even though the FAA has tried to educate the public on the dangerous effects of shining a laser at an aircraft.
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Federal Aviation Administration
Aiming a laser at an aircraft creates a serious safety risk that violates federal law. High-powered lasers can completely incapacitate pilots flying aircraft that often carry hundreds of passengers.
The FAA and law enforcement agencies are working hard to increase public awareness of the dangers posed by lasers. As shown in the chart below, reported incidents of lasers aimed at aircraft have decreased in recent years. However, the substantial number of reported incidents clearly show that laser strikes on aircraft remain a serious threat to aviation safety.
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