Lasers Aimed at Aircraft Cockpits: Background and Possible Options to Address the Threat to Aviation Safety and Security

Provided by: Federation of American Scientists
Topic: Software
Format: PDF
A rash of incidents involving lasers aimed at aircraft cockpits has raised concerns over the potential threat to aviation safety and security. There is a growing concern among aviation safety experts that the ubiquity and low cost of handheld laser devices could increase the number of incidents where pilots are distracted or temporarily incapacitated during critical phases of flight. Possible options to mitigate the threat of lasers include restricting the sale or use of certain laser devices; amending criminal statutes associated with interfering with flight operations; providing pilots with laser eye protection; and educating the public regarding the risks of lasers to aviation safety.

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