Laser Offenders


February 11, 2014

Laser Offenders

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 in a dozen cities for information that leads to the arrest of a person aiming a laser at an aircraft.


Audio Transcript

Mollie Halpern: The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 in a dozen cities for information that leads to the arrest of a person aiming a laser at an aircraft.

John Kitzinger: This is a first-of-its-kind pilot project...

Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau, and this is Wanted by the FBI. In 2013, the number of handheld laser strikes against aircrafts hit a record number—nearly 4,000 incidents. Lasing is a threat to aviation safety; it can temporarily blind pilots and endanger lives on board and on the ground. John Kitzinger is the chief of the Violent Crimes Unit.

Kitzinger: We are asking the public’s assistance to be good citizens and to report someone engaged in this type of behavior in an effort to decrease these incidents so we can avoid a catastrophe.

Halpern: People of all ages commit the crime—including teenagers who do it for fun.

Kitzinger: If you think this is a prank, I can assure you that it is not. This is a felony—a federal crime—for which you can be placed in federal prison for up to five years.

Halpern: Offenders can receive an $11,000 fine. For more information, visit www.fbi.gov.

- See related story for additional information, including photos, videos, flyers, and a public service announcement: Protecting Aircraft from Lasers

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