On Tuesday an American Airline flight reported being hit by a laser near Meacham Airport at 10,000 feet.
“This nonsense happens multiple times at night in cities all across the United States” said Lynn Lunsford, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman, who also cleared out that no one was injured.
The FAA’s legal interpretations said that pointing a laser into an aircraft cockpit might interfere with the duties of the flight crew, which is a violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
Therefore, the FAA announced that it would begin imposing civil penalties against people who point lasers at aircrafts.
The maximum civil penalty that can be imposed on an individual for violating the FAA’s regulations that prohibit interfering with a flight crew is US$11,000. The person could also go to jail.