Soundbites for Media

Soundbites for Media

John Kitzinger, Unit Chief, FBI Violent Crimes Unit

  • If you think this is a prank, I can assure you it is not. This is a felonya federal crimefor which you can be placed in federal prison for up to five years.
  • The FBI has airport liaison agents assigned to all of our 56 field offices working with our state, local, and federal partners. They are going to aggressively investigate this type of crime.
  • Lasing an aircraft is extremely dangerous to the pilot as well as the passengers on board that aircraft and the people on the ground. What if this were your family aboard that aircraft? You would want them to be safe and protected. The FBI is taking this crime very seriously. We don’t want a catastrophe to happen.
  • We just want the public to be force multipliers for law enforcement, and when they see something suspicious or they hear of someone engaging in this type of conduct, that they report it to law enforcement.

Captain Fred Eissler, ALPA, Aviation Security Chairman

  • Right now we are in one of the safest periods of aviation history, but the consequences of lasing an aircraft in a critical phase of flight can have dire consequences.

Captain Robert Hamilton, ALPA Security Council Chairman

  • It is a tremendous distraction within the flight deck. It is a very real safety hazard, and it brings the very real possibility of having an aircraft accident as the result of this action.



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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)

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- 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)