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FBI Warns St. Louisans To Stop Aiming Laser Pointers at Aircraft

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FBI: Don't fall sway to the Dark Side!
Yes, they're incredibly cool and freak the hell out of your cat. But c'mon, people. Quit shooting your laser pointers at airplanes and helicopters.

According to officials at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, at least two aircraft a month in the region are targeted by laser pointers. For pilots, the beam of light can be incredibly disorienting and even lead to temporarily blindness if they're hit in the eye.

Last year, 21-year-old Justin Stouder was arrested after pointing a laser pointer at Metro Air Support helicopter in St. Louis County. At a news conference today, the FBI urged the public to learn from Stouder's mistake and warned that law enforcement would seek charges against anyone believed to have committed a similar act. Interfering with the operation of an aircraft is a felony that carries with it the possibility of 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

In addition, the FAA recently announced it would begin seeking civil fines of $11,000 for people found to have aimed a laser at an aircraft.


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Guest
Guest

did you see the YouTube video? it wasn't in St. Louis, look at the FLIR coordinates. if you plot them it is in California. the bird is from Sacramento, you'll notice in the video they call base "SAC" and the aircraft "AIR21" which is the Highway Patrol helo. why would this be? Google map 1928 Kincaid Way, Sacramento, CA...it matches the video they say is from St. Louis

MsMo
MsMo

I read last week that the grandson of Clark Gable pointed a laser at a police helicopter in L.A. He is now in lots of trouble. As well it is against the 'rules' at Riverport Amphitheater to point them at the bands. Wonder why hand-held lasers were invented in the first place. 

Yourmommycalled
Yourmommycalled

I wonder when the FAA will send a waning to the helicopter pilots who fly over my house well under the 1000 foot limit every day? I wonder when the FAA will warn St. Louis County police pilots that regularly cruise around south county under the 1000 foot limit. FAR part 21 sec 121.657 says "No certificate holder conducting domestic operations may operate a passenger-carrying aircraft and no certificate holder conducting flag or supplemental operations may operate any aircraft under VFR during the day at an altitude less than 1,000 feet above the surface or less than 1,000 feet from any mountain, hill, or other obstruction to flight."

ihatesuburbs
ihatesuburbs

How long before some tea bagger fuckhead comes on here spouting bullshit about how 'the federal gubbermint has no business telling me where I caint point my laser!'. Not to mention posters I can only assume are paranoid dipshits speaking of mysterious 'authorities'.

Andy Graham
Andy Graham

St. Louisians warn RFT to quit being the mouthpiece of the authorities.It's bad enough to have to stomach most of your articles posing as journalism, not to mention the over-abundance of advertisements. But if we wanted a lecture from the authorities, we'd talk to them.

Chris Ward
Chris Ward

It wasn't me. But I may or may not own a 1W Wicked Arctic Laser. 

Getitonaccount
Getitonaccount

There is no such 1,000 foot limitation for helicopters.  FAR 91

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