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PSA: Laser Threat Awareness


Here’s a pointer. You can use a laser to make your cat chase its tail, but aim it at an aircraft and you could be needing bail.

Don’t let a prank lead to prison. Aiming a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime.

It could land you five years behind bars and/or up to a $250,000 fine.

Report illegal laser use to the FBI and you may be eligible for an up to $10,000 reward.

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A federal law passed in 2012 made lasing aircraft punishable by up to five years in prison. The Bureau will offer up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of any individual who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft.


For the Media


More Information:
- FBI Launches National Campaign to Address Laser Threat to Aircraft (06/03/14)
- California Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison (03/10/14)
- Reward Program Aimed at Deterring Laser Strikes (02/11/14)
- FAA Laser Strikes Fact Sheet
- Laser Pointers and Safety
- St. Louis Laser Incident (09/26/11)
- Laser Pointer Attacks Pose Serious Threat (10/05/12)

Related Stories:
- Protecting Aircraft from Lasers: Trial Program Being Expanded Nationwide (06/03/14)
- Protecting Aircraft from Lasers: New Program Offers Reward for Information (02/11/14)