Incidents prompt FAA to consider calling for restrictions on lasers

01/23/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The sharp increase in laser pointers being aimed at airplanes has prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to consider calling for restrictions or even a ban on lasers. "We don't want to see this develop where we're investigating an accident," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said. Observers blame the problem on poor regulation and technology that makes it cheaper to obtain a powerful laser. Lasers were aimed at airplanes 2,836 times in 2010. That's up nine times from 2005.

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